Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Study of Ethnoracial Relations

Massachusetts, United States
30 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Division of Social Science/ Hutchins Center for African and African-American Studies

Position Description

The Dean of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University is seeking applications from early-career scholars in sociology, political science, or related fields, for a one-year postdoctoral position in residence at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African-American Studies (see https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/).

Eligibility & Expectations

Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work, with expertise in theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of ethnoracial relations in the US or more broadly, and be able to appreciate both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Applicants should also be interested in learning the management responsibilities associated with editing a significant scholarly journal.

The selected fellow will be expected to spend approximately 75% time and effort on original research and 25% assisting with the editorship of the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race (see https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/dubois-review). The fellow will also be expected to attend the Hutchins Center’s Wednesday colloquium series. We believe that diversity is a foundational strength, and welcome applicants of various backgrounds, experiences, and identities.

The Award

The fellowship is a one-year postdoctoral training program, with a second year conditional on program director approval. The salary is $65,000/year plus fringe benefits, including health insurance eligibility. The award will include appropriate office space; a one-time grant of $2500 for the purchase of computer equipment; a $5,000/year research account to support research-related expenses; and up to $2500/year reimbursement for research-related travel. We also provide up to $3000 in relocation expenses (taxable income under US law).

Basic Qualifications

Applicants to this program must have received a doctorate or similar terminal degree in spring 2016 or later; those applicants without a doctorate or terminal degree must demonstrate that they will receive such a degree no later than August 15, 2019.

Special Instructions

The application must include the following:

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and detailing any editorial experience you may have.
  2. A CV
  3. A 2- to 4-page (1500-word) research statement that includes a brief description of your dissertation research and a more detailed proposal for the project you will pursue during the fellowship, including an explanation of its importance and potential impact.
  4. Two writing samples; if excerpted from published papers or your dissertation, please provide full citation information.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

Applications, including two letters of recommendation, must be completed by January 17, 2019.

Contact Information

Jennifer Shephard
FAS Social Science Division
University Hall 3 South
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.