Weiser Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in the USA

Deadline : 15 Jan 2020

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Study level: Ph.D.

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Weiser Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in the USA

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 either emerge and endure or falter and fail.

Fellowship Period:

The fellowship period is from September 2020 – May 2022.  Commitment: Full time

Fellows Responsibilities:

Fellows are expected to:

  • Focus on their own research.
  • Participate in occasional WCED workshops and events.
  • Present at least one public lecture during their two-year fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The fellowship is open to applicants from all disciplines, though the majority of past applicants and Fellows have come from political science, sociology, and history.
  • Fellows must have successfully defended and filed their dissertation before beginning the fellowship.
  • Eligibility is restricted to those who have received their Ph.D. after January 1, 2018.


  • Fellowships carry an annual salary of $50,000 and up to $7,000 in research funds during the post-doctoral appointment. 
  • Fellowship recipients will be eligible for U-M health, dental, and life insurance options (beginning September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2022).
  • Fellows have full access to U-M library resources.
  • Fellows may have the opportunity to teach during the second year of the fellowship if they desire.


The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies was opened in 2008 at the University of Michigan in collaboration with the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia. The Center consists of the Center for European Studies, the Center for European Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and Copernicus Center for Polish Studies.

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