Penn SSPF Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-2015 on Poverty and Opportunity — LIMITE : 31/05/2014

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One (1) one-year Penn Social Science and Policy Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship is available for the 2014-2015 academic year for untenured scholars in the social sciences who received their Ph.D. between December 2008 and December 2013. The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms (see Qualifications below; international scholars, please note final paragraph). Complete applications, including all letters of reference, are due no later than March 31, 2014.

The programs of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2014-2015 academic year, we have set « Poverty and Opportunity » as the theme. Social scientists in any discipline (including anthropology, area studies, demography, economics, education, ethnic studies, history, international relations, political science, psychology, public policy, social policy, social work, sociology, urban planning, and related fields) are invited to submit research proposals on any aspect of this topic. The doctorate is the only eligible terminal degree.

The fellowship stipend is $50,000. Health insurance is provided for fellows but not for family and dependents. Fellows are required to be in residence during their fellowship year (September 1-May 31) and expected to participate actively in workshops and conferences.

During their year in residence, Penn Social Science and Policy Forum Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue their own research as well as engage faculty across the university with common intellectual interests. Fellows are expected to participate actively in the Social Science and Policy Forum workshops and conferences, including presenting their research sometime during the Fellowship year.


The Penn Social Science and Policy Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than five years out of their doctorate. Candidates may hold a tenure-track position but may not be tenured either before or during the fellowship year.

For the 2014-2015 Fellowship, candidates must have received their doctorate between December 2008 (not before) and December 2013. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2013 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime in 2014). The doctorate is the only terminal degree eligible (applications will not be accepted from those with JDs or terminal masters degrees).

Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not held a comparable postdoctoral fellowship elsewhere or enjoyed previous use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn’s intellectual life.

US citizens and applicants who currently hold permanent resident status are eligible to apply.  International applicants must come on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa) and complete the program while in J-1 status. Please note, the University does not sponsor permanent resident petitions on behalf of postdoctoral fellows. The Penn Social Science and Policy Forum reserves the right to cancel awards if the recipient is unable to meet this condition. Applicants should consult the international programs office at their current university to confirm eligibility before applying for this fellowship.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following: an application letter which includes your research proposal; a CV; a writing sample (article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter); and three (3) letters of reference.

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Complete applications must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59pm EST, March 31, 2014. Any applications received in whole or in part after that deadline will not be accepted.

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