The PSTC fosters postdoctoral training as well as predoctoral. With several postdoctoral fellow positions supported by both external grants and joint appointments with other academic units on campus, PSTC has many opportunities for postdoctoral study and training. See below for information on applying to our different programs.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Postdoctoral Fellow
As part of our NICHD Training Grant, PSTC supports one NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow for two years pending successful review after the first year. A research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, NICHD Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to spend about half of their time working independently and the other half working collaboratively with research associates. We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact PSTC faculty associates to discuss collective interests prior to submitting their application.
In addition, NICHD Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to regularly attend the weekly PSTC colloquia, give a lecture in the colloquia series during the second year of their postdoctoral appointment, attend the Population Association of America (PAA) meetings to present a paper or poster, and submit one or more articles for publication. Postdoctoral Fellows must have a PhD in Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Demography, or a related social science discipline. Applicants must be citizens, or Permanent Residents, of the U.S. at the time of application.
Screening of applications usually begins in February and continues until the position is filled every two years. Materials requested generally include:
- Letter of application outlining research interests and plans, anticipated postdoctoral faculty mentor(s), and future employment goals
- Examples of written work
- Curriculum Vitae
- Three letters of recommendation
Hewlett Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar
Our current Hewlett Foundation grant provides funding to support several postdoctoral visitors from Africa until 2013 and allows us to further our mission of mentoring scholars from lesser developed nations. These postdoctoral opportunities are directed toward recent African PhDs in population studies and are flexible in their terms, ranging from short-term visits to a full academic year. The selected visitors will participate fully in the intellectual life of the PSTC, receive close mentoring from PSTC faculty, and establish collaborative research relationships that can continue beyond the period of the fellowship.
With PSTC support, postdoctoral visitors will concentrate on publishing peer-reviewed articles from completed research, developing grant proposals for new research projects, and building scholarly networks and professional skills that will assure a successful long-term trajectory. In addition, they will add significantly to the intellectual life of the PSTC, as well as provide our Hewlett predoctoral trainees with excellent role models.
For more information, please contact the Associate Director at Leah_VanWey@brown.edu.
Joint Postdoctoral Fellow Positions
These positions are critical to the intellectual environment and PSTC’s burgeoning postdoctoral program, but these opportunities are on an ad-hoc basis, as funding and joint appointments become available. PSTC is proactive in developing collaborations on campus to help support these types of positions. Recently, we had a joint postdoctoral fellow with PSTC and the Environmental Change Initiative (James Hull), and another with PSTC and the Cogut Center for the Humanities (Bianca Dahl).
For information on current opportunities or if you are interested in developing a joint postdoctoral appointment, then please contact the Associate Director at Leah_VanWey@brown.edu.