Jordan Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Jordan Center is pleased to announce a call for applications for a post-doctoral fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year! See below for details regarding the position and application process. 

Description: The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia Post-Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to provide a transition to career independence for recent PhD recipients and to provide time to conduct post-PhD research.  

Job Summary: Fellows will conduct independent research and writing and regularly attend Jordan Center events (in-person and virtual). Fellows may be given the opportunity to organize a symposium and to teach one course in the department of Russian and Slavic Studies in the Spring of 2021 (pending interest from both the candidate and the department). This position will not be overseen by a faculty supervisor. 


  • Required education: PhD granted in past five years in History, Comparative Literature, Slavic Literature, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, or any other discipline, with a focus on Russia and Russian studies 

Application components: 

  • Current CV
  • 2-3 page description of research proposal for postdoc year
  • Writing Sample (e.g, chapter from dissertation, draft or published journal article) 
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 1 page proposal for an undergraduate course to be taught in Spring 2021
  • 1-2 page proposal for a one-day symposium with at least six speakers to be hosted by the fellow 

Submit your application here via Interfolio by August 3rd.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a PhD required at the time of application? 

Applicants must have a PhD granted no earlier than 2015 and/or be on track to receive a PhD by the Fall of 2020. 

Does the fellowship have a residency requirement? 

This is an in residence fellowship.  However, for the Fall of 2020, the Jordan Center will be operating in an online capacity. Thus, for the Fall of 2020, holders of the fellowship do not need to live in New York City.  That being said, if the Jordan Center is open in an in-person capacity for the spring semester of 2020, holders of the fellowship will need to be in residence. 

In order to be paid by NYU while physically inside the US, fellows must either (a) be United States citizens or (b) hold an appropriate US immigration status that permits payment. Due to pandemic-related immigration challenges, we can not guarantee that foreign nationals without a valid US immigration status will be able to obtain one during the time period of the fellowship, and this especially applies to non US nationals currently living outside the United States.

Is this position open to candidates who are not US citizens or permanent residents? 

Yes, but there may be complications if US immigration support is necessary. 

Will the Jordan Center provide visa support for fellows who are not US citizens or permanent residents? 

Yes, the Jordan Center can request support for J-1 visa sponsorship through NYU’s Office of Global Services. However, scholars may encounter difficulties obtaining visas and entering the US due to travel restrictions and visa service suspension at many US consulates and embassies.