Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in political theory for the academic year running from August 17, 2020 to May 16, 2021. Housed in the Department of Political Science, the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy 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 in a democratic order; 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 have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. completed by May 31, 2020, and no earlier than August 15, 2017. The fellow will receive a stipend of $48,000 per year as well as research funds and benefits. The fellow will have opportunity to teach one course per semester in either the Department of Political Science or the Integrated Liberal Studies program, will assist with the CSLD’s programming, and will take an active part in the workshops, conferences, and intellectual life of the Center and the political theory field. The fellowship can be extended for the 2021–22 academic year, and the appointment will begin in August 2020.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of (1) the significance of the 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 2020-2021 academic year are now open!
Please submit your postdoctoral fellowship application by January 15, 2020.

How to apply

Complete applications will include:

  1. a cover letter outlining a research agenda for the next two years
  2. CV
  3. one writing sample (10,000 word maximum)
  4. 2 sample syllabi
  5. 3 letters of recommendation (sent separately if necessary).

Please submit all applications materials as a single pdf file to

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020 for appointments beginning in August. Awards will be announced no later than April 2020.

Please address any inquiries to:

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

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.