Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Program

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University aspires to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.  Central to this mission is the Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program, an effort to galvanize the careers of young social scientists conducting research related to the Institute’s three core thematic areas: development, governance, and security.  Participants in this program will join an interdisciplinary community of scholars engaged in theoretically and substantively important research addressing the most pressing global issues of our time. Fellows receive two years of support, to be taken within a three-year period, with the expectation that they will pursue research and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute. Fellows will also teach one course per year in the Institute or in an affiliated Brown University social science department.

The Watson fellows program is led by Faculty Director Catherine Lutz, assisted by Executive Director Keith Brown.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2016; to receive full consideration applications should be received by that date. We are accepting applications via Interfolio: learn more. 

Awards will be announced in January 2017.

Please contact watson-applications@brown.edu with questions. 

Current Fellows

Click for a complete list of current Postdoctoral Fellows and their projects.


Watson Fellows convene once a month during each semester to present and discuss work in progress. Participation in the monthly seminar is by invitation only. Public events featuring the work of Watson post-doctoral scholars are advertised on the Institute’s event page.