2020 Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) PostDoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) at the University of Michigan invites scholars who have received their Ph.D. since 2018 to apply for the WCED Postdoctoral Fellowship. This two-year fellowship supports multidisciplinary research on the broad historical, political, economic, and societal conditions under which democracy and autocracy either emerge and endure or falter and fail.

Up to two awards are available for the 2020-22 fellowship. WCED Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to focus on their own research, participate in occasional WCED workshops and events, and present at least one public lecture during their two-year fellowship, while in full-time residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A teaching opportunity may be possible during the second year of the fellowship, if desired.



1. They welcome applicants from all disciplines, though the majority of past applicants and Fellows have come from political science, sociology, and history.

2. Fellows must have successfully defended and filed their dissertation before beginning the fellowship.

3. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received their Ph.D. after January 1, 2018.



1. Fellowships carry an annual salary of $50,000 and up to $7,000 in research funds during the post-doctoral appointment.

2. Fellowship recipients will be eligible for U-M health, dental, and life insurance options (beginning September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022).

3. Fellows have full access to U-M library resources.



Candidates will be required to submit:

  • WCED Postdoctoral Fellowship Application
  • A two-page research plan that outlines the research project and how the fellow will spend his/her time during the fellowship period
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A scholarly writing sample, such as a dissertation chapter, conference paper, or journal article
  • Two letters of recommendation




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