The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) at the University of Michigan invites postdoctoral scholars to apply for the Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellowship. The two-year fellowship supports research on the broad historical, political, economic, and societal conditions under which democracies emerge—and autocracies endure.
Up to three awards are available for the 2018-20 fellowship. Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to focus on their own research, participate in WCED workshops and events, and present at least one public lecture during their fellowship, while in residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Fellowships carry an annual salary of $50,000 plus $2,000 per year in research funds, and fellows will be eligible for U-M health, dental, and life insurance options (beginning September 1, 2018 through May 31, 2020). Fellows have full access to U-M library resources.
We welcome excellent applicants from all disciplines. Fellows must have successfully defended and filed their dissertation before beginning the fellowship. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received their PhD after January 1, 2016.
Candidates will be required to submit:
A two-page research plan that outlines the research project and how the fellow will spend his/her time during the fellowship year
A scholarly writing sample, such as a dissertation chapter, conference paper, or journal article
Two letters of recommendation
Fellowship applications will be accepted starting September 1 and must be received by January 15, 2018, 11:59 PM EST. Apply at http://ii.umich.edu/wced/postdoctoral-fellows.html. Applicants will be notified of the fellowship committee’s decision in March 2018.
Additional Salary Information: $2,000 per year in research funds
The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) promotes scholarship to better understand the conditions and policies that foster the transition from autocratic rule to democratic governance, past and present. Initially focusing on transitions in Europe and Eurasia, it will subsequently expand its scope to other emerging democracies across the globe.Housed in the International Institute at the U...niversity of Michigan, the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies began operation in September 2008. Named in honor of Ronald and Eileen Weiser and inspired by their time in Slovakia during Ambassador Weiser’s service as U.S. Ambassador from 2001-04, WCED will expand scholarship on democracy’s extension for the public good.WCED; the Center for European Studies; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies; and the Islamic Studies Program work in association with the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, an organization dedicated to enhancing interdisciplinary knowledge about, and public engagement with, the institutions, cultures, and histories of these regions.