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Korea in Global Affairs Postdoctoral Fellowship

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 23, 2023

The School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, one-year Korea in Global Affairs Postdoctoral Fellowship for scholars who have received their Ph.D. in the past five years. The position begins on August 1, 2023, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

We welcome applicants who conduct interdisciplinary research on Korea in broad global historical, political, cultural, economic, and/or sociological perspective. Preference will be given to applicants whose work seeks to illuminate the Korean experience in the context of the country’s broad web of relations with other global actors, while producing knowledge that can help tackle pressing global problems today.

The postdoctoral fellow should reside in the D.C. metropolitan area and be an active participant in SIS’ vibrant intellectual community. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working with Professor Ji- Young Lee, the C.W. Lim and Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies, to expand and enhance AU’s Korean Studies in DC and globally. Other fellowship expectations include:
  • Make progress in revising their doctoral dissertation for publication;
  • Help to plan and organize an international conference on Korea during the fellowship period;
  • Plan and help to execute a proposal for an edited volume or special journal issue based on contributions to the international conference.
Candidates should be enthusiastic about working in a multidisciplinary environment that includes political scientists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, historians, and international relations scholars. Candidates should also share a commitment to the university’s Inclusive Excellence plan .

Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in a social science or humanities discipline by the start date. Annual salary: $65,000. Review of applications will begin in mid-June 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Queries about the search may be sent to Professor Ji-Young Lee ( ). Queries about the online application system may be sent to SIS faculty affairs coordinator Alissa Iwaniuk ( ) and .

American University is a private institution of higher education in the nation's capital (Please visit for more information). American University's School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs with 3,000 students, 120 full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. SIS faculty produce transformational research and our prime location provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in government, the private sector, and think tanks and other non-profits. Learn more about SIS at .

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University's health and safety directives please click here .

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in a social science or humanities discipline by the start date and should have received their Ph.D. in the past five years.

Applications must be submitted through the online Interfolio system. Applications should include the following:
  • Cover letter detailing the applicant’s proposed research
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Sample publications
  • Brief research statement including research agenda
  • Statement describing past examples of your contributions to diversity and inclusion in your scholarship, the classroom and/or in other professional settings.
  • The names and email addresses of three references (the Interfolio system will contact them for a confidential letter of recommendation) and whom the committee may contact.

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