Postdoctoral Fellowships in African Studies

The Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University invites applications for TWO postdoctoral fellowships, commencing on July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2020. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to contemporary Africa. The fellowship is open to all disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly Anthropology, History, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies. The successful candidate will be required to teach two undergraduate courses during each academic year of their appointment.

Compensation includes a competitive salary, moving expenses, research account, health insurance, and other benefits afforded to post-doctoral associates at Yale.


Applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one Africa-related language and fluency in English, and must have completed the Ph.D. no earlier than July 2015. The postdoctoral associate will teach one course each term in addition to pursuing independent research, and will assist the chair in curating the programmatic/scholarly activities of the Council on African Studies. The academic appointment will be based in the Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center. Postdoctoral Associates are expected to be in residence from August through May and participate in the programmatic activities of the Council.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus, and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; and letters of recommendation from two academic references.

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on April 1 and continuing until the selections are final.

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio. Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted but signed hard copies should be mailed to the address below.

Cristin Siebert, Program Director, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 USA.  Email:

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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