*The application cycle for the 2017-18 cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows is now closed. It will reopen in November 2017 for the 2018-19 cohort.

Call for Postdoctoral Fellows 2017-18

The Global Innovation Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Global Innovation Program is the research arm of Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s new university-wide hub for global engagement and interdisciplinary international policy research. Perry World House connects Penn to the international policy world through research, student engagement, and public programming, bringing the university’s intellectual resources to bear on the urgent global challenges of the 21st century.

We hope to bring 8 postdoctoral fellows to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are seeking excellent scholars who study global affairs and have interest in interdisciplinary outreach and policy relevance. We are particularly interested in applicants in the following areas:

  • The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance
  • Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography
  • Borders and Boundaries in World Politics
  • Identity and Conflict


Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last two years, or who expect to complete their degree by June 2017.

Additional Information:

  • Fellows in Identity and Conflict will work with Nicholas Sambanis, the Penn Political Science Department's Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics. You may access his bio here.
  • Fellows in Borders and Boundaries in World Politics will work with Beth Simmons, the Penn Political Science Department's Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law and Political Science. You may access her bio here
  • All postdoctoral fellow positions pay a stipend of $50,000 plus relevant fees and health insurance. The position also provides $1,000 in research support.
  • The University of Pennsylvania is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse community at Penn (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

To Apply:

  • To apply to the Global Order or Global Shifts program, click here or via the pdf below.

  • To apply to the Borders and Boundaries in World Politics program, click here or via the pdf below.

  • To apply to the Identity and Conflict program, click here or via the pdf below.

Applications will be reviewed starting January 10, 2017. To receive full consideration, applications and letters of recommendation should be received by that date.

Questions? Please email .


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