Yale MacMillan Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies

The Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, commencing for the 2020 -2021 academic year. Reappointment for the second year will be subject to satisfactory evaluation of the first year performance in the postdoctoral position. Candidates must have research and teaching experience related to contemporary Africa. The fellowship is open to all disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly Anthropology, History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies.

Post-doctoral associates are expected to teach one course each semester while pursuing independent research and assisting the chair in curating the programmatic/scholarly activities of the Council. The academic appointment will be based in the Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center (https://macmillan.yale.edu/). Post-doctoral Associates are expected to be in residence while classes are in session from August through May and participate in Council programming.

Compensation includes a competitive salary, moving expenses, research account, health insurance, and other benefits afforded to post-doctoral associates at Yale: http://your.yale.edu/work-yale/benefits/my-benefits-yale/postdoctoral-associate-benefits.  


Applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one Africa-related language, be fluent in English and must have completed the Ph.D. within two years of September 2019.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter; a CV; a one-page description of scholarly interests and research plans; a draft 1-semester course syllabus, and a title and brief summary of a second course; and letters of recommendation from two academic referees. All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio.

We will accept applications immediately and continue until selections are final.

2 years
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Arts and Art history, History, Literature, Digital humanities and big data, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Demography, Law, Economy, Geography, Gender studies, Identities, gender and sexuality, International Relations, Political science, Information and Communication Sciences, Sociology