Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Watson Postdoctoral Fellows Program

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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 J. Nicholas Ziegler, assisted by Program Coordinator Hayden Reiss.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/54227

Applications recieved by October 22, 2018 will recieve full consideration. Awards will be announced in January 2019.

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

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.