Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy Fellowship

Massachusetts, United States
08 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Position Description

The 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 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.

More information on the program, including events and affiliated faculty can be found at https://populism.wcfia.harvard.edu/.

Basic Qualifications

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. The fellowship is residential and Fellows are required to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for research purposes for short periods of time.

Additional Qualifications

We expect that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request. Candidates are expected to participate in activities of the Research Cluster on Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy.

Special Instructions

Application materials include:

  • 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. We will contact these referees to request letters.

Contact Information

Jessica Barnard
Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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