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Postdoctoral Fellows 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, which supports 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. 

How to apply

The application for the Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program 2021-2023 is now open. We will be accepting applications until October 23rd, 2020.

The application and requirements are available via Interfolio here http://apply.interfolio.com/78881.

Qualifications: The fellowship competition is open to candidates from across the social sciences on issues that can be understood in a comparative global context.

The selection process, open with regard to nationality and geographic area of research, is highly competitive and typically generates over 500 applications for 4 or 5 places.

Scholars who have received their PhDs within two years of the application deadline are eligible to apply. Individuals who are currently – or have previously been – postdoctoral fellows in other programs are not eligible to apply.  

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, and are required to be in residence during the academic year.

Please contact watson_applications@brown.edu with questions about the application process.

Current Fellows

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Magda Boutros

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Social movements, policing, criminology, race and ethnicity, law and society

Chase Michael Foster

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Political economy of regulation, Political development of the regulatory state, European Union, Comparative public policy, European public opinion.

Mahasan Offutt-Chaney

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity

Areas of Interest: Education, race and social policy, history of education, Federal education policies, punishment, policing, school discipline.

Aalyia Sadruddin

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Demographic transformations; political culture; post-conflict recovery, security and governance; Central-East Africa (Rwanda)

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Madeline Woker

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Colonialism, fiscal history, French colonial history, racial capitalism, international taxation, history of inequality

Former Postdoctoral Fellows