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CASI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Position Description

The Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications to fill a postdoctoral fellowship position for the 2020-2021 academic year. CASI welcomes applications from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last year, or who will complete their degree by June 30, 2020. The term of appointment is July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 and Ph.D. must be in hand to begin the appointment.

Since its founding in 1992 within the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), CASI has continued to uphold Penn's global reputation as a leading U.S. institution of research in South Asian studies and scholarship on India. CASI's goals are to engage in policy-relevant research focused on the challenges facing contemporary India; to nurture students' interest in contemporary India through interactions with visiting scholars and opportunities to work and conduct research in India; and to act as a public forum on contemporary India through seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications.

The postdoctoral fellow will primarily pursue their own research while organizing a seminar series and participating in the activities of the Center. The fellow has considerable autonomy in designing the seminar series and inviting speakers. There is no teaching requirement. Given the focus of the Center’s work, the fellows’ academic research should focus on the politics or political economy (broadly defined) of contemporary India.

Because fellows are expected to be fully integrated with the intellectual life of the Center, they must plan to physically reside in the vicinity of the University of Pennsylvania. Each fellow receives a stipend of $58,000, a $2500 research fund, and health insurance. The position may be renewable for up to one additional year conditional on performance and budgetary approval.

Our program values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality; is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community; and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and under-represented communities. 

The University of Pennsylvania is an EO/AA employer and we welcome applications from women and minorities. 

Applications are now closed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by April 8, 2020. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. To apply, please send a C.V., a two page cover letter addressed to Dr. Marshall M. Bouton, Acting Director, CASI describing your research agenda and plans for the fellowship year, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to