Call for Applications

James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The International Studies Association (ISA) invites applications for its 2020-21 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. Part of this support work consists in serving on the James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellowship Committee for a one-year term. The term begins during the Annual Convention of the individual’s Fellowship.

The Fellowship is non-residential, meaning the successful applicant may 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 2020 to 30 June 2021, 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, the 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.

Submission Process & Deadline

The Cover Letter, Research Proposal, ISA Project Proposal, and CV must be submitted as a single file to: The transcripts, evidence of final degree, and referee letters must be sent to All materials must be received by 1 October 2019.

Incomplete, late, ineligible, or incorrectly formatted applications will not be reviewed. For further information on the application guidelines, please visit:

Any questions about the application process, or the Fellowship more broadly, should be directed to


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 January 2020. 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.


Carmela Lutmar, University of Haifa – Chair
Maya M. Eichler, Mount Saint Vincent University
Yolande Bouka – University of Denver
Umut Aydin – P. Universidad Católica de Chile
Phillip M. Ayoub, Drexel University


All application materials must be submitted electronically to on or before October 1, 2019.