Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Post-doctoral Fellowship Programme 2017


November 28, 2016

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Unique opportunity to work on global governance

The Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme provides exceptional early career researchers with a unique opportunity to work on global governance and the role of developing and emerging countries in the world political economy. The programme offers post-doctoral fellowships to nationals from non-OECD countries, allowing them to develop and test their ideas at two of the world’s leading research universities.

The objective of the programme is to contribute to the training of a network of scholar-practitioners who will help devise innovative strategies to enhance the value of global institutions to the people of developing countries. Global institutions are vital to promoting a fair, just, equitable and efficient world economy, yet to fulfil this potential they must be better-aligned with the interests of people in developing countries. Nationals of developing countries who combine in-depth local knowledge with global awareness and perspective are best placed to devise strategies to accomplish this goal. The Global Leaders Fellowship Programme therefore seeks to make a contribution toward increased equity and development by helping to train future leaders who will shape the global political economy.


In Oxford, the programme is run by the Global Economic Governance Programme and Fellows hold a research scholarship at University College. In Princeton, it is run by the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


During their year at Oxford, postdoctoral Fellows will have a research base at the Global Economic Governance Programme, University College. They will also be members both of the graduate community and the Senior Common Room at University College. Fellows will have extensive opportunities to discuss their research with each other, with Oxford faculty members, and with the numerous visitors who pass through the University.


Fellows will attend and have the opportunity to present their research at:
  • Research seminars of the Global Economic Governance Programme;
  • An informal GLF reading and research group.
There are many other seminars, conferences and other collaborative activities in the relevant fields within the University in which the Fellows will be able to participate. 
Fellows will establish connections to Oxford faculty members working in similar or related areas, including the faculties of political science, international relations, economics, development studies, law, sociology, and geography. While at Oxford, Fellows will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate intellectual community, as well as to the community of senior scholars.


By the end of their first year, Global Leaders Fellows are required to complete:
  • A working paper, published as part of the Global Economic Governance Programme’s working paper series (these are a similar length to a journal article).
  • A 5-page policy brief that sets out desirable reforms that are needed to global governance in their area of research


Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

During their year at Princeton, all Fellows will attend the weekly international relations colloquium, and will be encouraged to participate in other research-related events to interact with the broader research community of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior and senior faculty. In addition, Fellows will meet weekly as a group, often with an invited faculty member, to discuss research or works in progress. Fellows will become part of a research community by learning from and contributing to other active members of this community. They will also have opportunities to interact with other graduate students at Princeton, and in some cases with undergraduates.

Particular attention will be devoted to improving the methodological skills of the Fellows, so that their research will yield better inferences about processes of globalization. The Niehaus Center will organize a series of workshops led by individual faculty members, at which Fellows and faculty will become acquainted with one another. This process will ensure that Fellows and faculty members have opportunities to meet and work together on issues of shared interest. In addition, each Fellow will enroll in two seminars at Princeton, at least one of them methodologically oriented.

At the end of the year, Fellows will be expected not only to have increased the sophistication of and made substantial progress on their research projects but also to have built ties with faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students that will serve them well in the future. Beyond the immediately obvious fields of activity connected to the Niehaus Center and the Woodrow Wilson School, Fellows will also be able to take advantage of other strengths of the University in fields such as science and technology, engineering and ethics.


Applications are invited from nationals of non-OECD countries for a one-year fellowship to work on global governance and the role of developing and emerging countries in the world political economy; fellowships will be awarded to start on 1st September 2017 for a year at the University of Oxford. Post-holders will be provided with appropriate stipends sufficient to cover full living costs. The programme intends to establish a network of leading scholar-practitioners in global governance.

Applicants must be nationals of non-OECD countries (this is a condition stipulated by the donor). They must have completed (or have evidence of imminent completion of) a doctorate in a relevant area. They should also show evidence of outstanding analytical and research skills. In addition, candidates will be required to demonstrate their plans for a clearly articulated research project which is relevant to the Programme’s aims.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars, which also contain details on how to apply. These are available below.

All questions should be directed to glf@univ.ox.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Monday, 28 November 2016. 

University College is committed to equality and valuing diversity. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. 

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November 24, 2016