Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad

Luce Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religion, Politics, and Global Affairs

About this fellowship

The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Buffett Institute invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of religion, politics, and global affairs. The Fellow will be part of the Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad Project.

Applications are welcome from scholars working at the intersections of religion, law, and politics in national and/or global contexts. Scholars whose research engages critical, interpretive, historical, and genealogical approaches that challenge traditional disciplinary boundaries are encouraged to apply. The Fellow will be affiliated with the Buffett Institute and will be affiliated with an appropriate department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Fellowship details

Fellowships will run from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018. The Fellow will be based at Northwestern in Evanston.

The Fellow will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach one one-quarter undergraduate class during the academic year. The Fellow also will help organize and run the “Politics of Religion At Home and Abroad” project, assisting with conference planning and other project-related tasks. S/he is expected to be an active participant in intellectual activities in both the Buffett Institute Research Group on Global Politics and Religion and his/her affiliated disciplinary departments.

The salary is $55,000. In addition, the Fellow is 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.

Eligibility

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

Application details

Application deadline: February 1, 2016, at 5 p.m. (CT).

Application: Online Luce Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

Required materials:

  • Cover Letter: Briefly situate your work in relation to the “At Home and Abroad” project 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. Please note that we are not requesting a statement of teaching philosophy or full syllabi at this point.
  • Writing Sample: Only one sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample may be published or unpublished. 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 February 8, 2016.

FAQ

When will decisions be announced?

Late March.

I am having difficulties with the application system. Who should I contact for help?

Please contact Interfolio support at help@interfolio.com or 877.997.8807. If you are unable to solve the issue with Interfolio, email Courtney Syskowski at csyskowski@northwestern.edu.

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.

Contact

Email email Courtney Syskowski at csyskowski@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.

Applicant and Employee Notice of Rights