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Early Career Cohort Fellowships

LBJ School of Public Affairs
Austin, Texas
Open + Benefits
Posted Date
Sep 15, 2022

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One of the nation’s top ten programs in public affairs, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (LBJ School) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) invites applications for two two-year Early Career Cohort Fellowships to begin Fall 2023 (August 2023 start date). The LBJ School comprises more than 40 faculty members and approximately 300 graduate students, and offers multi-disciplinary curricula leading to the degrees of Master of Public Affairs, Master of Global Policy Studies, and Ph.D. in Public Policy. 

The ultimate goal of the Early Career Fellowships is to increase the number of faculty who will further the LBJ School’s critical goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness by hiring candidates with outstanding scholarly records, as well as knowledge and experience in the issues and practices of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in the field of public policy. 

The ideal fellow is a newly minted Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow, or an assistant professor committed to an academic career in public policy focused upon race, gender and socio-economic inequality related to: the identification of disparate impacts and outcomes for priority policy domains; the evaluation of policies with respect to unintended disparate impacts and outcomes; and the design of policies intended to reduce disparate impacts and outcomes. 

Applicants should have demonstrated interest and promise in one or more of the following policy domains: Civil Rights; Voting Rights, Political Organization, and Action; Criminal Justice & Drug Policy; Online Policies Related to Privacy, Hate Speech, Political Polarization, Discrimination and Bias Online; Family & Children; Housing & Homelessness; Immigration & Migration; Jobs and Labor Policy, Inequalities, and Stratification; and Social & Welfare Policy. The appointee’s research will have direct relevance to public policy. 

The LBJ School will provide fellows with the mentorship, research support, skills training, professionalization opportunities and financial resources needed to develop successfully as academic professionals. Throughout the duration of the program, Fellows will be provided with robust mentorship from LBJ and external faculty members. They will also participate in university-wide training provided by UT-Austin's Provost’s Office to further develop the skills to build a unique research and teaching portfolio. 

Fellows will teach one course per year for each of the two years in residence. They will be expected to devote the remainder of their time to producing peer-reviewed research, as well as potentially advising graduate students in their respective fields. 

The LBJ School has robust graduate programs and is committed to a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is seeking candidates whose research, teaching, and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusivity and excellence. Candidates who are currently or will potentially make outstanding contributions to the diversification of their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education are especially encouraged to apply. 

Compensation: This is a two-year position with a competitive stipend and benefits package.  Fellows receive a stipend of $85,000 and $3,000 annually in discretionary funds to support workshops and attendance at conferences. Additional financial support may be provided for field research and research materials. 



A Ph.D. is required. ABD candidates will be considered if the doctoral degree will be complete by the time of employment. Experience in college teaching and evidence of scholarship or scholarly potential is required.

Candidates will be selected based upon their potential to conduct rigorous, policy-relevant research related to the above goals, their demonstrated commitment to DEI values, and their promise as future faculty members. 

Application Instructions  

Interested candidates can submit their cover letter, CV, statement of teaching, DEI statement, three letters of reference, and job market paper via Interfolio. Questions about the position can be directed to Taya Kitaysky at 

The search committee will begin considering applications on September 15, 2022. We will accept applications on a rolling basis through December 1, 2022. Political scientists and sociologists are recommended to apply by September 25, 2022, but applications received after this date will be considered. Economists should apply by December 1, 2022. Decisions will be made in January 2023. 

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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