Turkish Studies

The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

About this fellowship

Every other year the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of Turkey in a global or a comparative perspective. Applications are welcome from scholars whose research addresses transnational social processes, problems, or conflicts in connection to contemporary Turkey.

The Keyman fellow will be affiliated with both the Keyman Program and an appropriate department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Communication, such as Anthropology; Art, Theory & Practice; Communication Studies; History; Middle East & North African Studies; Performance Studies; Political Science; or Sociology.

The application deadline for the fellowship starting in September 2018 has passed. Please check back at a later date for new opportunities or follow us on Facebook to stay updated.

Fellowship details

The Fellow will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach one undergraduate class each year during their fellowship. The Fellow is expected to help program and manage the activities of the Turkey Working Group, to be an active participant in the academic activities in the Keyman Program and the Buffett Institute, as well as their affiliated disciplinary departments, and to deliver one public lecture each year.


 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 turkishstudies@northwestern.edu with questions.

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