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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Humanities and Social Science 2017/18, University Of Pittsburgh, USA

Publish Date: Nov 25, 2016

Deadline: Feb 13, 2017


The University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is offering three postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and two in the social sciences (in the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science) for the academic year 2017-2018. Fellows will teach one course each semester, advance their scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the units with which they are affiliated and across the Dietrich School. Within the Dietrich School, rich opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange are available in the Humanities Center, the World History Center and in a number of vibrant multidisciplinary programs.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $47,476.08, a $3,500 annual research/travel allowance, and a $1,500 one-time moving allowance. Fellows may apply for an additional one-year renewal. The University provides a relatively comprehensive package of fringe benefits, including medical insurance, participant-paid dental and vision insurance, life insurance, eligibility to participate in the University’s tuition scholarships program, and a retirement plan allowing personal tax deferral to TIAA/CREF with no University match. Fellows have access to additional benefits which currently include: University libraries and recreational facilities, computing and networking services, and fare-free public transportation.

We invite applications from qualified candidates who have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the PhD degree, including any oral defense, by June 1, 2017. Individuals who graduated before September 1, 2015 are ineligible.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon having the PhD degree in-hand prior to the appointment, acquiring all proper visas (for international fellows), and certification of English language proficiency.

Application Process

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 13, 2017. Letters of recommendation must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 20, 2017. No exceptions to deadlines are granted. Safari is not a recommended browser.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dissertation table of contents
  • Two-page statement of research interests outlining the goals of the research you will undertake during the term of the fellowship
  • Two-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy
  • Writing sample or excerpt of no more than 20 pages including references and appendices. (Applicants to Economics may submit larger samples.)
  • Course proposal including the subject area, a brief syllabus and proposed methods for a 15-week course directed towards advanced undergraduate or graduate students
  • Three letters of recommendation (Applicants must submit the names and e-mail addresses of three recommenders via the application page.  Each recommender will receive an e-mail prompt with a link to upload the letter; applicants will receive a confirmation email as each letter is uploaded.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to coordinate with recommenders so that they have ample time to upload after the applicant submits his or her application.  Letters will not be accepted by direct e-mail or postal mail, nor will they be accepted after February 20 at 5 p.m. EST. Applicants who use Interfolio’s online application delivery system need to apply several days before the deadline to ensure that letters arrive on time. Any applicant who has not completed the PhD at the time of application should request that at least one recommender confirm his/her expected graduation date in his/her reference letter.  Applicants to Economics will submit letters according to the instructions in the American Economic Association job portal.)
  • (Economics applicants are also required to submit a cover letter and questions for candidates.)


Applicants may only apply for a single position below. Applications to multiple departments/programs will not be accepted.

Department of Economics
View the Dietrich School Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship job announcement for the Department of Economics and apply. Priority will be given to candidates whose teaching and/or research activities support the University’s broad commitment to initiatives in the area of inequality.

For answers to questions about Dietrich School Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Department of Economics that are not covered in the FAQs, contact Georgia Spears at

Department of Political Science
View the Dietrich School Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship job announcement for the Department of Political Science and apply. The successful candidate should be doing work with a clear theoretical foundation and purpose, but it must also be grounded in contemporary issues that are of interest to others, including affected populations, policy makers, and academics in other fields or subfields of political science.

For answers to questions about Dietrich School Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Department of Political Science that are not covered in the FAQs, contact Wynn Maloney at

Humanities Center
Apply for a Dietrich School Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Humanities Center by selecting the one department or program for which you would like to be considered:

  • Classics
  • Communication
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • French and Italian Languages and Literatures
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
  • German
  • Hispanic Languages and Literatures
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Theatre Arts

For answers to questions about Dietrich School Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowships that are not covered in the FAQs, contact

For a list of Dietrich School faculty members whom you may propose as mentors on the application form, access the faculty directory.

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