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CASI Postdoctoral Research 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 2021-2022 academic year. The position is open to applicants from the humanities and social sciences whose work focuses on contemporary India. We welcome candidates from a wide range of disciplinary traditions and methodological orientations.

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, 2021. The term of appointment is July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022 and Ph.D. must be in hand to begin the appointment. The position may be renewable for up to one additional year conditional on performance and budgetary approval.

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 discussion 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 fellowship will provide candidates with opportunities to pursue their own research and ideally to also collaborate on research projects undertaken by the Center. There is no teaching requirement. Innovative new project proposals by fellows may also be considered and modestly funded by the Center.

Fellows will also be expected to help organize some of the Center’s core activities, including seminars and workshops, and have opportunities to interact with a distinguished array of visiting speakers, scholars and fellows. 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. The fellowship includes a stipend of $58,000, contingent upon proof of conferral of the Ph.D. degree, a $2,500 research fund, and health insurance.

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 strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse community at Penn.

Applications will be reviewed starting Monday, March 1, 2021. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by that date. To apply, please submit the following required documents.


  1. Cover Letter address to the “Selection Committee,” CASI
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement (maximum 5 pages, double spaced)
  4. Writing Sample (maximum 50 pages double spaced, or equivalent length published work. Can include a supplement / appendix which will not count against page limit)
  5. Two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors.


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