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Postdoc Opportunities

Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program is open to young scholars from across the social sciences who are conducting research related to the Institute’s three core thematic areas: development, governance, and security. Participants in this program join an interdisciplinary community of scholars engaged in theoretically and substantively important research addressing the most pressing global issues of our time. 

Center for Contemporary South Asia Graduate and Postdoctoral Research, Internships or Language Training 

Graduate funding can be used for three purposes: research, internships, and language training. Proposals for either exploratory or advanced dissertation research will be considered. The first will cover the early years of graduate program; the second will facilitate completion of the dissertation. Language training will be for accelerated programs of language instruction. The American Institute of Indian Studies (Delhi) can assist in locating a center for specific language training. Other creative ideas are also welcome.
Award: Up to a $7,500 maximum per project
Eligibility: Graduate or post-doctoral candidates in all fields dealing with contemporary South Asia can apply (Brown University Only).
Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021 at NOON
Application Requirements: A three page project proposal, budget, resume, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation. Awards are subject to additional university approval due to pandemic restrictions, read more in the travel policies section of the healthy Brown website.

Historical Injustice and Democracy Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University invites applications for a two-year position (2021-2023) as the Historical Injustice and Democracy Postdoctoral Research Associate.

The making of the modern world was in part constituted by the historical injustices of colonialism and racial slavery.  These injustices have played out in contemporary phenomena such as apartheid, displacement, discrimination, and other forms of domination in which substantial portions of the human population have been deprived of rights, economic opportunity, social mobility, or even their very lives.  All these forms of historical and contemporary wrongs have generated a plethora of scholarship around different forms of justice: reparative, redistributive, transitional and, of course, reparations.  However, how do forms of historical and contemporary injustices shape practices of democracy?  Are forms of democracy adequate responses to historical and contemporary forms of injustice? This joint collaborative project between the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice seeks a two year post-doctoral fellow who will anchor the project. The candidate should be trained in any social science field and have an interest in questions of human rights as well as theories of democracy.  The candidate should also be interested in the ways in which historical injustices have worked in different countries, and should have wide knowledge about the different practices which challenge historical and contemporary wrongs. The candidate would be required to teach one course per year, and should be ready to work in collaboration with the Watson and the CSSJ to create a public program around these issues. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Solutions 2021-2023

Brown University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Solutions at the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs. Two positions are available, associated with the Climate Solutions Lab and the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance. We seek scholars to help us address one of two major topics: climate and trade, and financing decarbonization. The first position will lead task forces looking at questions like how climate should fit into the United States’ China strategy, and how US policymakers can work with the EU on issues such as carbon tariffs and border adjustment measures.  The second position will focus on how state sand market actors can work together to finance decarbonization, with a specific focus on ameliorating the distributive politics inherent in such a transition. There are no teaching responsibilities for these positions. The selected candidate will devote 50 percent time to Watson’s projects, under the supervision of Professors Jeff Colgan and Mark Blyth, and 50 percent time to his or her own (climate-related) research projects.

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity

Brown University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Racial Inequality to be jointly shared by the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America. We seek a scholar with interests in racial inequality/structural racism in the post-1970s U.S. in areas such as urban poverty, social and cultural theories of racism, gender, segregation, housing or welfare. 

Racial Inequality Postdoctoral Fellowship

Brown University invites applications for the two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Racial Inequality to be jointly shared by the Watson Institute and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. We seek a scholar with interests in racial inequality/structural racism in the post-1970s U.S. in areas such as urban poverty, social and cultural theories of racism, gender, segregation, housing, or welfare.

Deadline: Jan 8, 2021