Buffett Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships in Global, Comparative or International Affairs, USA

Publish Date: Oct 29, 2015

Deadline: Dec 01, 2015

The Buffett Institute invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the study of global, comparative or international affairs. Up to three Fellows will be selected this year. Applications are welcome from scholars whose research addresses global, international, or transnational social processes, problems, governance, or conflicts, from any of a range of social science or interdisciplinary perspectives.

Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the Buffett Institute and an appropriate department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, such as Political Science, History, Sociology, Anthropology, etc

Fellowship details

Fellowships will run from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.

Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach one one-quarter undergraduate class during the academic year. Over the two years of the fellowship, fellows can expect to teach one seminar class and one lecture class. Fellows will also help organize and run Buffett Institute visiting speaker series and other events. They are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in both the Buffett Institute and their affiliated disciplinary departments, and to deliver one public lecture each year.

The salary is $55,000. In addition, Fellows are eligible for $5,000 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $2,000 in reimbursement for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position.


Applicants must have received their Ph.D. between November 30, 2013 and August 31, 2016.

Application details

Application deadline: December 1, 2015, at 5 p.m. (CT).

Application: Online Buffett Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships Application.

Required materials:

  • Cover Letter: Briefly situate your work in relation to your discipline(s) and identify the proposed departmental affiliation, and explain why Northwestern is a particularly good place to pursue your research.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Research Statement: A two-page summary of your dissertation.
  • Research Proposal: A two-page research plan for the fellowship period. This may include, but should extend beyond, revisions to the dissertation.
  • Teaching Statement: Titles and short descriptions of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach under the auspices of your proposed departmental affiliation. (We are not requesting a statement of teaching philosophy or full syllabi.)
  • Writing Sample: Equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter; it may be published or unpublished. Only one sample may be submitted. It must be in English. The maximum length is 50 pages.
  • Graduate Transcript. A transcript from your doctoral-degree-granting institution. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. If your doctoral program did not include formal graded classes, submit a statement to that effect instead.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: The online application system will ask you to provide contact information for three recommenders. Once you submit your application, your references will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading a letter of recommendation. It is helpful if at least one letter comments specifically on your teaching experience and abilities. If you have not yet defended and submitted your dissertation, please advise your chair that their letter must specifically discuss what work remains to be completed and when you will complete all the requirements to receive your degree. Please convey these specific instructions to your referees, as the instructions they will receive by email are generic. Letters of recommendation are due no later than December 8, 2015.


When will decisions be announced?


Because my work is interdisciplinary, I could affiliate with multiple departments at Northwestern. Is it possible to state more than one department?

Please focus your answers on no more than two departments/programs.

I plan to do field research away from the Chicago area. Will that be a problem?

Postdocs are generally expected to be in residence and full participants in the scholarly community during the nine-month academic year (late September through mid-June), with the exception of the winter break and spring break. Short trips to conduct research, attend conferences, give talks, etc., are normal and are typically scheduled so as not to conflict with teaching or other important responsibilities.

If I am offered a postdoc, may I defer for a year or postpone the start date?

No postponements or deferrals are permitted.

I am a foreign student. Will Northwestern provide a visa?

International scholars are eligible to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship. A J-1 exchange visitor visa may be offered for the successful candidate, if needed, but the postdoctoral fellowship does not cover expenses for eligible spouse or family members’ visas. In addition, approvals of visas may take quite a long time. In the event that a visa is not ready by the time the postdoc begins, the contractual start date will have to be delayed, resulting in a shortened postdoc term. For more information, see the Northwestern University International Office J-1 Visa page.


Email buffettpostdoc@northwestern.edu with questions.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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