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Joel Davis posted on October 08, 2014 17:21
ISA invites applications from junior scholars for the James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellowship. The competition is open to scholars in the social sciences and humanities who have received their Ph.D. within the past two years or who will receive their Ph.D. on or by July 1, 2015.

The non-resident fellowship is granted for a duration of 12 months and the successful candidate must be an ISA member by the start date. ISA encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Application Procedures

All application materials must be submitted electronically to on or before January 15, 2015.  

The following materials are required for a completed application:

1.        A cover letter that includes the applicant's academic field, research topic and relevance to International Studies

2.        A five-page (double-spaced, one inch margins) research proposal, not to exceed 1500 words

3.        A current curriculum vitae

Official graduate transcript (Official graduate transcripts should be scanned and emailed to
5.        Two confidential letters of recommendation (one of which must be written by the Dissertation Committee Chair - The dissertation chair/supervisor should include in their recommendation letter, a statement that the applicant will have completed all degree requirements no later than July 1, 2015. )

Please ensure that referees submit their letters on official letterhead directly via email to: on or before January 15, 2015. Please note that if  an applicant is selected for the postdoctoral fellowship, s/he will be expected to provide proof of completion of degree (e.g., electronic submission of an official graduate transcript with date of conferral of degree, or a notarized copy of the diploma) by July 1, 2015 to the ISA Executive Director. 

All applications must be in English. Incomplete applications will be not considered.

Terms of Fellowship

The 12-month stipend is $50,000 and it does not have an in-residence requirement. The successful applicant will spend 3/4th time (30 hours per week) pursuing their research project, and 1/4th time (10 hours per week) conducting research (remotely) on behalf of ISA. The ISA Executive Director will supervise the Fellow.


An ISA committee will evaluate applicants based on quality of the research proposal (intellectual merit and substantive importance of the topic), potential for making significant scholarly contributions, and promise of impact on the field. The successful applicant will be notified in May 2015.

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Spencer L. Willardson
# Spencer L. Willardson
Thursday, October 9, 2014 4:21 AM
Regarding points 4 and 5 above: Is it acceptable to have the official transcript sent via email and omit the notarized degree if it is part of the official transcript?

If not, what are the procedures for submitting official documents through email?

Thank you.
Joel Davis
# Joel Davis
Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:07 PM
Your question has been received and forwarded to the fellowship committee. You may expect a reply by email.
Mubashar Hasan
# Mubashar Hasan
Friday, November 7, 2014 7:18 PM
Hi is it possible to apply for the grant with an aim to turn my PhD thesis into a book manuscript?
Sema Hande Ogutcu-Fu
# Sema Hande Ogutcu-Fu
Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:24 PM
1) I second Professor Willardson. Could you let me know the answer to that question as well?
2) Also, is it possible to send the recommendation letters using Interfolio's portfolio service or do they need to be sent directly by the referees?

Thank you.
Joel Davis
# Joel Davis
Monday, November 10, 2014 11:57 AM
Please use the contact information provided in the blog post to submit your inquiry to the award committee, that is the best way to reach them.
Leanne Rekow
# Leanne Rekow
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:36 AM
My institution has informed me that my Dissertation Committee Chair is currently on leave and unavailable to make a recommendation. However I have been advised that the Deputy Director of Research & Postgraduate would be available to make that recommendation on his behalf. Is this acceptable? My other reference will be one of my external PhD examiners.
Leanne Rekow
# Leanne Rekow
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:38 AM
I will also follow up with an email to the committee using the email provided in the award call.
Joel Davis
# Joel Davis
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:47 AM
Prof. Rekow, thank you for your interest in the fellowship. Yes, contacting the award committee and letting them know of your situation would be advisable.

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