Lender Center for Social Justice Postdoctoral Fellow

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Lender Center for Social Justice Postdoctoral Fellow

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with experience

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Job Type

Post Doc

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

The Syracuse University Lender Center for Social Justice, in collaboration with Syracuse University faculty in the Social Differences, Social Justice Research and supported by the MetLife Foundation, is offering a two-year Post-Doc Fellowship at Syracuse University to PhD (or equivalent) scholars with compelling projects that address the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States. The racial wealth gap is a continuous issue that undermines progress that can be made and opportunities that can be pursued by members of underserved and underrepresented communities in the United States. This fellowship seeks to support scholars with research projects that make a significant contribution to an interdisciplinary community related to identifying and capturing factors impacting the racial wealth gap, capturing the long-term effects of the racial wealth gap, and/or applied studies that offer solutions to minimizing the racial wealth gap that are data-driven and evidenced based.

The Lender Center for Social Justice welcomes scholarly project proposals that help address the racial wealth gap by exploring factors and solutions connected with one of the following three tracks. Proposals can be based on humanistic, theoretical, empirical, case study, or applied research that addresses any of the following three tracks:
  1. Structural and systemic factors positively or negatively impacting the building of generational wealth [e.g., slavery, settler colonialism, and historic legacies of racialized violence, racial capitalism, mass incarceration, inheritance laws, etc.]
  2. Policies and practices that generate or minimize racial wealth disparities [e.g., redlining, urban renewal schemes, tax policy, predatory financing, healthcare burdens, racially disparate housing appraisals, etc.]
  3. Individual and organizational-level factors influencing educational attainment, skills acquisition, and career development [e.g., educational inequities, hiring queues, corporate programs, etc.]

Within each track, projects are invited that:
  1. identify and capture factors leading to or minimizing the racial wealth gap
  2. capture the long-term impacts of the racial wealth gap
  3. offer solutions to minimizing the racial wealth gap that are data driven and evidence-based
  4. present arts- or humanities-based research as an alternative means of evidencing data and documenting narratives conveying either lived experiences of the racial wealth gap, or promising solutions.

Proposals that consider women, the disabled, and other historically marginalized groups are especially encouraged.

  • PhD in a related field
Job Specific Qualifications
  • Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent terminal degree by the start of the fellowship (August 2023). If the applicant is still in a doctoral program, the Dissertation Advisor must provide a letter indicating confidence the degree will be earned by August 2023.
  • Applicants must be willing to be in residence at Syracuse University as this is not a commuter or virtual fellowship.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong communication and collaborative relationship-building skills as they will be encouraged to collaborate with scholars on campus.

Lender Center Post-doctoral fellows are expected to:
  • Pursue independent research on their research topic
  • Engage with their assigned mentor to follow a mentoring plan aimed at enhancing the postdoctoral experience, building skills that will propel the applicant’s career, and establishing an excellent scholarly record
  • Engage with the academic leaders on the Lender Center for Social Justice Grant
  • Attend Lender Center Conversations
  • Make presentations to an interdisciplinary group of scholars on the current research topic and prior research findings
  • Additional disciplinary department participation and engagement.

Physical Requirements


Application Instructions

The following materials should be submitted for review:
  1. Cover letter.
  2. Project proposal required. All post-doctoral fellowship project proposals should be in a Mircrosoft Word document with 1-inch margins, 12-point font, single-spaced and a maximum of 5 pages. All author information, title, and thematic stream should be included in the cover page. The project should represent unpublished work (but could build upon prior published work). Upload the project proposal as “Other Document” with your application.
  3. One writing sample (preferably of a peer-reviewed published work or work that is currently under peer review for publication).
  4. Curriculum Vitae.
  5. List of three academic references.

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If scholars have questions regarding the themes, please connect with Dr. Kira Reed at kireed@syr.edu

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