Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University- Call for Applications


Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy at Harvard University seeks to foster research on the challenges confronting contemporary democracies from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Bringing together faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars, the Cluster examines the consequences of economic globalization, inequality, immigration and ethnic diversity, and polarization on the quality and stability of democracies across the world, as well as recent institutional innovations aimed at improving democratic performance. We are also interested in research that places democracy in the United States in comparative and historical perspective.

The Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy Fellow is appointed for one academic year (approximately August 2019- May 2020) and is provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. The Fellow should be prepared to devote his/her entire time to productive scholarship on topics closely related to the Cluster’s core research themes. The Fellow may be asked to assist in organizing workshops or conferences for the Research Cluster.

The competition for these awards is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree). If still enrolled in a PhD program at the time of application, Fellows must receive their degree no later than June 2019. While preference will be given to scholars in earlier stages of their careers, all qualified candidates will be considered, regardless of year of degree. We expect that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request. The fellowship is residential and Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for research purposes for short periods of time. They are also expected to participate in activities of the Research Cluster on Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend $58,000, payable over ten months. Fellows will also receive $500 in research funds and health insurance coverage for themselves through the Harvard University Group Health Plan, if necessary.

Required Materials

  • Cover letter which includes the applicant’s current employment status, and if known, status following Harvard appointment.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including a list of publications.
  • Brief (1-2 pages) research statement.
  • Contact information for three letters of reference.

How to Apply
Applications are due January 3rd, 2019. Letters of reference are due by January 17, 2019.

All application materials should be submitted through our application portal on the Harvard Academic Recruiting Information eSystem.

Please contact Jessica Barnard at jbarnard@wcfia.harvard.edu with any questions about the application process.


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