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The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of Turkey and its diasporas in a global or a comparative perspective. We welcome and encourage applications from early career scholars whose work focuses on nondominant and underrepresented groups including but not limited to religious, ethnic, and LBGTQ minorities and otherwise marginalized groups. Scholars in all branches of the Social Sciences and Humanities may apply. The Keyman Fellow will be associated with the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and the academic department in their discipline.

The term of the fellowship will run from September 1, 2023 to June 30, 2025. The second year of the fellowship is subject to review of the fellow’s first-year performance by the University Office of Research and the fellow’s home department. Fellows may teach one course per year with approval from the Dean’s office.

The fellow is expected to be in residence in Evanston for the duration of their appointment and be an active member of the university’s intellectual community. They will devote their time to research and writing and participate in academic events at Northwestern Buffett and their home department. During the spring term of their first year, they will present their work in a format they choose in consultation with their home department. They may choose to deliver another talk during the second year of their residence. They will write a report detailing the progress and achievements of their project a month prior to the conclusion of their appointment.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. The salary will be $ 56,000 for the academic year. The Keyman Program will offer up to $ 1,500 in moving costs. The fellow may also apply for reimbursement up to $ 2,000 per year for research-related activities such as presenting a paper at a conference or the purchase of books. The fellow will be responsible for finding and paying for housing in Evanston. They will be provided office space at the Buffett Institute and have full access to the University’s library and computing resources.



Applicants must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree by February 1, 2022. Candidates who received their Ph.D. before September 2018 are not eligible to apply.  They may not hold another scholarship, visiting or employment position during their fellowship.  The fellowship cannot be deferred.



The Deadline for applications is January 13, 2022. Review will begin immediately.

Candidates are invited to contact to apply and submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter (maximum 300 words) with title and summary of proposed project.
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications.
  • Research proposal (maximum 2000 words) including a detailed description of the project, goals, timetable, bibliography, and how much of the work has already been done.
  • An abstract of one writing sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample may be published or unpublished.
  • A sample syllabus for an undergraduate course you would teach. Please include a course description in addition to a reading schedule.
  • Graduate Transcript: A transcript from your doctoral degree-granting institution. If your doctoral program did not include formal graded classes, submit a statement to that effect instead.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: The online application system will ask you to provide contact information for three recommenders. Once you submit your application, your references will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are due no later than February 1, 2022.
  • With the exception of official transcripts, all documents must be in English.


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