Call for Applications

James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The International Studies Association (ISA) invites applications for its 2019-20 James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to applicants from across the social sciences and humanities working in the broad field of International Studies, and is intended to support a talented early-career scholar in developing their research such that they may secure a subsequent faculty appointment in the profession. ISA welcomes applications from groups, genders, and nationalities that have been historically under-represented in the field of International Studies.

The successful applicant will be expected to spend 75% of their time on their own research and 25% of their time on work to support the Association. The Fellowship is non-residential, meaning that the successful applicant can be located anywhere in the world; the work for ISA will be monitored remotely by the ISA Executive Director. The twelve-month award will run from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, and pays a total stipend of $50,000 (USD). The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Candidates must be a current member of ISA
  • Candidates must have received their PhD within two years prior to the start of the Fellowship period (exceptions can be made for mitigating circumstances, e.g. parenthood or illness, provided that the sum total of active post-PhD scholarship still amounts to less than two years – such cases should be explained in the Covering Letter).

Application Materials

To be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Cover Letter (max. one page)
  • Research Proposal (max. 1250 words)
  • ISA Project Proposal (max. 500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae (max. four pages)
  • Two confidential Letters of Recommendation (one of which must be written by the candidate’s PhD Committee Chair, Primary Supervisor, or equivalent)
  • Evidence of final degree (or, if PhD not yet awarded, official institutional confirmation that the applicant’s doctorate will have been awarded before the Fellowship start date)
  • Official graduate transcripts (or equivalent).

The Cover Letter should outline the applicant’s suitability for the Fellowship and aspirations within the field. The Research Proposal should explain the personal research that the applicant intends to undertake during the year (i.e. 75% of their time), and should address the following elements: the puzzle, the argument/hypotheses, how it develops the applicant’s prior work, how it contributes to the field, methodology, publication plans, and overall importance. The ISA Project Proposal should explain what work the applicant would undertake to advance the goals of the International Studies Association (i.e. 25% of their time), and should address the following elements: key topic/themes, importance to the field, feasibility of study, suitability for remote (i.e. non-residential) working, and demonstrable outputs (e.g. progress reports, journal articles, findings summaries, etc). To clarify, this ISA Project is not expected to address substantive questions of international politics; the purpose, rather, is to identify, understand, and address issues/problems in the profession. Please note that the successful applicant may be expected to refine their ISA Project, in consultation with ISA Headquarters, to best serve the needs of the Association.

The Cover Letter, Research Proposal, ISA Project Proposal, and CV must be submitted as a single combined MS Word document. Transcripts and evidence of final degree may be submitted separately. Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to the James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee at by the applicants’ referees on departmental or institutional letterhead.

All documents should be written in English in 12pt Times New Roman font, US Letter or A4 pages, with one-inch margins. The Research Proposal and ISA Project Proposal should also be 1.5 or 2.0 line-spaced (this is not necessary for the Cover Letter and CV). Incomplete, late, ineligible, or incorrectly formatted applications will not be reviewed.

Application Deadline and Submission Information

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2018. All application documents (including recommendation letters) should be submitted to in advance of this deadline. Any questions about the application process or the Fellowship more broadly should be directed to the same email address.


ISA’s James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee will evaluate applicants based on the quality and importance of the proposed research, the value of the proposed work on behalf of ISA, the potential for the chosen candidate to become a major future contributor to the discipline, and the promise of scholarly impact within both the academic field and wider world. Candidates are welcome to seek out a host university or similar institution for their year’s research – past Fellows have found such an affiliation useful – and are free to mention any planned affiliation/location in their application, e.g. if it has bearing on the research they are able to conduct. Such a host is not a requirement for the Fellowship, however, and any planned affiliation is therefore not a component of the evaluation process.

The successful applicant will be notified in February 2019. Applicants who accept an alternative professional position during the course of the application review period are asked to kindly notify the Committee to ensure that their name can be withdrawn from consideration for the benefit of other candidates.


David W. Blagden, University of Exeter – Chair
Maya M. Eichler, Mount Saint Vincent University
Carmela Lutmar, University of Haifa
Elizabeth Thurbon, UNSW-Sydney
Efe Tokdemir, Bilkent University


All application materials must be submitted electronically to on or before November 1, 2018.

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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