Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy (CSLD) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in political theory for the academic year running from August 23, 2021 to May 22, 2022. Housed in the Department of Political Science, the CSLD promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy, including, but not limited to constitutionalism and rule of law; the meaning and scope of freedom and free markets; the place and role of religion in liberal democracies; the relationship between liberty and equality; the balances among security, liberty, and privacy in a dangerous world; the role of the military in a free society; education and the state; and competition between liberal democracy and competing ideologies, including various forms of autocracy and new political religions.

Eligible applicants must complete all requirements for a Ph.D. by May 31, 2021, and no earlier than August 15, 2018. The fellow will receive a stipend of $48,000 per year as well as research funds and benefits. In addition to pursuing their personal research agenda, the fellow will have opportunity to teach no more than one course per semester for professional development purposes. The fellow will also engage with the CSLD’s programming, participating actively in the workshops, conferences, and intellectual life of the Center and the political theory field. The appointment will begin in August 2021, and can be extended for the 2022–23 academic year.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of (1) the significance of proposed research;
(2) the quality of the applicant’s past research;
(3) the contribution the applicant is likely to make to higher education in the future; and
(4) the contribution the applicant is likely to make to intellectual life of the Center.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now open!
Please submit your postdoctoral fellowship application by January 15, 2021.

How to apply

Complete applications will include:

A cover letter outlining a research agenda for the next two years.
Curriculum vitae.
One writing sample (10,000 word maximum)
Two sample syllabi
Three letters of recommendation (may be sent separately, if necessary).

Please submit all applications materials as a single pdf file to

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021 for appointments beginning in August 2021. Awards will be announced no later than February 2021.

Please address inquiries to:

Richard Avramenko, Director
Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy
Web address:

The University of Wisconsin Madison is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.