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Civil and Human Rights Postdoctoral Fellow

Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights
46556, Notre Dame
10-month or 12-month appointment; monthly stipend of $4,707
Date posted
Jan 12, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary:


The Klau Institute  for Civil and Human Rights within the Keough School of Global Affairs invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow for the 2024-25 academic year. Applicants are welcome from any discipline in the humanities, arts, social sciences, or global affairs. Scholars with interests in racial justice, criminal justice, or immigration are especially encouraged to apply, although we welcome applicants with scholarly interest and expertise in a broad range of civil and human rights issues.



The Klau Institute, founded by Fr. Hesburgh in 1973, aspires to be a leading scholarly voice in the areas of civil and human rights.  Newly fortified with a leadership gift, the Klau Institute is expanding our footprint within the University community with a three-pillar mission of education, inquiry, and engagement. The Fellow will enhance the Klau Institute’s current capacity in each.  



Full Job Description:


During this full-time appointment, the Klau Fellow is expected to focus on independent research on topics that align with the values and mission of the Klau Institute and which supports their professional development and leads to significant scholarly publication(s). The Fellow will also be expected to teach undergraduate courses and to serve as a core member of the Institute team, working on programming, events, initiatives, and more. Specific responsibilities are outlined below.





The Fellow will spend a minimum of 20 hrs/wk working on personal research. The Fellow may also use this time to work on research associated with the Institute’s International Race and Rights Lab,  the Institute’s new Migration Initiative, policy-oriented papers with Klau faculty, and applications for project grants. 





The Fellow will teach one undergraduate seminar spring semester for the Klau Institute’s minor in civil and human rights. The theme or scope of the course will be determined in consultation with the Klau Institute director. All course design and preparation will be the responsibility of the Fellow.





The Fellow is also expected to support  student programming, curriculum design, events, new and existing Institute initiatives, and interdisciplinary work with other institutes both inside and outside of the University. More generally, the Institute seeks the Fellow’s expertise in envisioning and implementing various co-curricular opportunities that enable undergraduate and graduate students to widen their understanding of civil and human rights.





The Fellow will be supervised by the Klau Institute Faculty Director, Jennifer Mason McAward, a legal scholar in civil rights law and habeas corpus.



Position Dates: 


This position is for a 10-month or 12-month appointment, based on the hire’s preference. The appointment will begin on August 1, 2024,  and end on May 31, 2025 or July 31, 2025. Fellows can apply for a one-time, one-year renewal. The postdoctoral fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $4,707. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the University of Notre Dame during the academic year. This is a 40 hr/wk, on-campus position, with the possibility of some evening and weekend hours.





Applicants must have earned their PhD prior to the position start date.



Applicants should submit the following materials:


  • CV


    Cover Letter, including why the applicant is a strong fit for this program


    Research Statement, not more than 3 pages, describing the proposed research agenda and substantiating their qualifications to pursue this agenda


    Teaching Statement, not more than 3 pages, with a course proposal for the undergraduate seminar that includes a course description, tentative list of topics and readings


    Writing Sample, not more than 30 pages, where the applicant was either the primary or sole author


    3 potential contacts for requesting letters of recommendation (names, relationships, and contact information are sufficient; please be sure that they know the Klau Institute director may be in contact with them directly to request their letter of recommendation)



Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but review will begin after February 15, 2024, and any applications submitted by then will be given full consideration. Applications and questions may be sent to



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