Thursday, December 21, 2023

Postdocs in African Studies @Princeton


The Program in African Studies (PAS) at Princeton University invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior research positions for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Up to two appointments will be made to exceptional recent PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science or engineering, with a focus on African thought, art, media, activism, conservation, economics, urban and rural communities, post-colonialism, and other research related to the African continent and its diaspora.  Appointments at the Postdoctoral Research Associate rank will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance and availability of funding.  The appointments will be made through the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Applicants must demonstrate outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching.  These positions are open only to scholars who earned a PhD after September 30, 2018 and who do not currently hold a tenure-track or permanent academic position. 

Responsibilities include teaching (one semester-long course per year) and active collaboration in research, discussions, and scholarly events within PAS and PIIRS.  In addition, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to advise students in their area of expertise or related areas.  When teaching, the successful candidate will carry a secondary teaching rank.  Any teaching role is contingent on sufficient course enrollment and prior approval from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. 

In addition to salary and benefits, the program will provide a research fund in the amount of $3,000 per year and office space.  Position anticipated start date is 9/1/2024.  
Applicants must apply online at  The following application items are required and should be uploaded by the applicant: 

* Cover letter
* Curriculum vitae
* Dissertation abstract
* Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation or one published article related to the dissertation topic
* Research proposal
* Two course proposals
* Details of prior courses taught and evaluation results if available
* Document confirming your completion of all requirements for the PhD degree
* Names and email addresses for three references.  References will be contacted only for those who advance to the short list of candidates.

For fullest consideration applicants should apply by February 1, 2024 11:59 (EST.  Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only final candidates will be contacted.  Further information about The Program in African Studies can be found at: 

Questions about the application process for this position may be directed to Fiona Romaine, 

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.  The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Requisition No: D-24-PII-00006