The Watson Institute for International and Public
Affairs at Brown University aspires to promote a just and
peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.
Central to this mission is the Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program,
an effort to galvanize the careers of young social scientists
conducting research related to the Institute’s three core thematic
areas: development, governance, and security. Participants in this
program will join an interdisciplinary community of scholars
engaged in theoretically and substantively important research
addressing the most pressing global issues of our time. Fellows
receive two years of support, to be taken within a three-year
period, with the expectation that they will pursue research and
participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute.
Fellows will also teach one course per year in the Institute or in
an affiliated Brown University social science department.
The fellowship competition is open to candidates from
across the social sciences working in any area of the world on
issues that can be understood in a comparative global context.
Scholars of all nationalities who have received their PhDs within
two years of the application deadline are eligible to apply.
Individuals who are currently – or have previously been –
postdoctoral fellows in other programs are not eligible to apply.
As full members of the Watson Institute’s scholarly community,
fellows are required to be in residence during the academic year.
Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $55,000, plus a
health-insurance subsidy. Additional funding of $3,000 may be made
available for conference-related travel, research expenses, and
research-related programming on campus. Candidates selected for the
Postdoctoral Fellows program who have not completed their
dissertations by July 1, 2018, will be paid a reduced salary
until their dissertation is defended.
To receive full consideration, the following materials should be
submitted by October 20, 2017, to the application portal
- A cover letter stating the applicant's academic field, status
of their dissertation, and proposed research to be conducted during
their fellowship period. The cover letter should not exceed 2,000
words and should make clear where in the Institute's core areas of
security, development, or governance the proposed research best
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
- An copy of each graduate transcript.
- A writing sample.
- Three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the
Review of applications will begin on October 20; to
receive full consideration applications should be received by that
date. Awards will be announced in January 2018.
For further information regarding the Watson Institute
Postdoctoral Fellows Program, please visit the Watson Institute
Professor J. Nicholas Ziegler, Faculty Director of the Watson
Postdoctoral Fellows Program, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for
International and Public Affairs, Brown University 111 Thayer
Street, Box 1970 Providence, RI 02912.
For information about the application process, please email:
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and
inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown
considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not
discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran
status, disability, or any other legally protected status.