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Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

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In the fall of 2005, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) initiated a postdoctoral Fellowship program for scholars conducting research on Africa and the African Diaspora. Housed in the Africana Research Center (ARC), this initiative is intended to foster a world-class community of early-career scholars. Scholars selected as Fellows have opportunities to showcase their research and scholarship as well as to engage with noted scholars in their respective fields. Both contribute to the academic and cultural environments at PSU.


The program runs from July through June each year. Each Fellow is matched with a senior faculty mentor who provides guidance and support throughout the Fellowship year.  Fellows are expected to be in residence and to be active in PSU’s community of scholars; however, they are not assigned teaching or administrative responsibilities during their residencies. Fellows participate in a series of professional development seminars as well as writing-for-publication sessions. The Fellowship provides a salary of $50,004, plus health insurance and funds for research and moving expenses. Office space and a computer are also provided by the hosting department.

Job Ad

PSU Job #: 90196
Department: Africana Research Center
Work Unit:  College of the Liberal Arts
Postdoctoral Scholar

The Africana Research Center invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in any aspect of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, beginning July 1, 2020. This is a one year position, with possibility of renewal. During their residency, Scholars have no teaching or administrative responsibilities in the first year and will teach one course in the second year. They will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and be expected to be active in Penn State’s community of Africana researchers. Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. within the previous four academic years. Salary/benefit package is competitive. In addition, successful candidates must have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community. To be considered for this position, submit complete application packets including cover letter describing your research and goals for the scholarship year, a curriculum vita (6 page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages. The deadline for submission of the application and all applicable materials is Monday November 18, 2019.

Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and submitted as e-mail attachments to Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to Applicants must apply online at

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Applicants must conduct research that centers on or is related to Africa and the African Diaspora. Ideally, applicants will have been awarded the doctorate within the past five years or will earn the doctorate before the start of the Fellowship year. Applications are accepted from all disciplines; however, as the ARC is housed in the College of the Liberal Arts (CLA), preference is afforded to applicants with research that aligns with the CLA departments. For a complete listing of CLA academic departments, please see: Academic Departments in Liberal Arts

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by a committee composed of the ARC Director and other Penn State faculty. Eight candidates will be invited to campus to participate in the Emerging Scholars Speaker Series (ESSS), during which they will showcase their research and meet with faculty and administrators. The ESSS event takes place in two parts in January and February 2020. Two fellows will be chosen from among the eight ESSS participants for the 2020-2021 academic year. Fellows will be selected in Spring 2020.

Notification of Fellowship Award

Notifications will be made by April 2020.

Questions about the program and application process should be directed to the ARC at 814-865-6482 or

View our current and past post-doctoral fellows here.