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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.


How to apply

The application will open in early Fall 2020.

Once the application is open, it will be linked to on this page. The application and requirements will be available via Interfolio at that time.

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 400 applications for 2 or 3 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.  As full members of the Watson Institute’s scholarly community, fellows are required to be in residence during the academic year.

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


Events

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.


Current Fellows