Postdoctoral Research Associates in Religion and Politics


The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics seeks applications from junior scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates for up to three postdoctoral fellowships in residence at Washington University in St. Louis. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Eligible applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by July 1, 2018, and no earlier than January 1, 2013. (In exceptional cases a qualified applicant holding a J.D., without the Ph.D., may be considered.)  The research associates will spend most of their time pursuing research and writing on their own projects. They will also serve the intellectual life of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics through participating in its biweekly interdisciplinary seminar. Their teaching responsibilities will include: 1) developing one course per year to augment the Center’s curricular offerings, and 2) possibly assisting in one additional course each year (depending on the particular teaching needs of the Center). Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should hold a doctorate in religious studies, politics, anthropology, law, philosophy, theology, American studies, history, Jewish studies, sociology, or another relevant field. Scholars should be engaged in projects centrally concerned with religion and politics in the United States, historically or in the present day.

Application Instructions: Applicants must send all of the following information as a single pdf file to the Center:

  • Cover letter including an overview of the postdoctoral research project
  •  Current curriculum vitae
  •  Relevant writing sample (25-35 pages)
  • Two undergraduate course proposals (a summary paragraph for each will suffice)

Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

Applications are due in full by January 8, 2018. Applicants will be notified of fellowship decisions by March 1, 2018.

Application date
1 year, renewable
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, History, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Law, Political science, Sociology