Postdoctoral Fellowship in African & African American Studies
African & African American Studies, Washington University in St Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)
January 19, 2023
Starting Date: 
July 1, 2023
Post date: November 28, 2023

The Department of African and African American Studies (AFAS) at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications from recent Ph.D. graduates in the humanities and social sciences for two one-year postdoctoral fellowships, with the option to apply for a second-year renewal.

Fellowship One: This fellowship is open to scholars in any discipline whose work focuses on the Caribbean and/or Afro-Latin America. We are especially interested in a scholar whose work engages with questions emanating from environmental justice, Black geographies and ecologies, digital cultures and/or Black feminism at the intersection of gender and sexuality.

Fellowship Two: This fellowship is open to scholars working in the fields of African, African American, and African Diasporic Studies whose research and teaching builds on the existing strengths of our department, our Global Black Studies initiative, and our commitment to the St. Louis region. Geographic region, time-period and method of inquiry are open. Humanist Social Scientists are also welcome. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work compliments one or more of our focus areas, including environmental justice, Black geographies & ecologies, digital cultures, and Black feminism at the intersections of gender and sexuality.

These fellowships are intended to assist junior scholars whose research focuses on topics related to Africa, African American, and/or the African Diaspora in furthering their careers by providing opportunities for mentorship on research, teaching, and overall career advancement. AFAS postdoctoral fellows are provided a competitive salary, support for research and research-related travel, office space, and computer equipment. They are expected to teach one course per semester based on their scholarly area of expertise and with the approval of the AFAS curriculum committee and/or department chair.  In addition, fellows will participate in the intellectual life of the unity and the university by giving and attending public lectures, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in departmental activities.  The fellowship begins in the fall semester of the 2024-2025 academic year, as early as July 1, 2024.


Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and must have received a doctorate no earlier than Spring 2021 and no later than July 1, 2024.

Applications are evaluated against a broad set of criteria, with special consideration given to contributions the candidate can make to diversity the University community and to deepen the scholarly inquiries of the Department of African and African American Studies and its curriculum.

Application Instructions 

Application Instructions

How to apply: to apply please submit (1) a letter of interest that briefly explains the applicant’s scholarly interest, with a detailed statement of proposed research that will be pursued during the fellowship period and courses that might be taught (up to 5 pages); (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) one writing sample (a scholarly publication or dissertation chapter, maximum 25 pages); (4) one sample syllabus and (5) three names of recommenders, via Interfolio.

Applications received by January 19, 2024 will be given priority consideration. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Review Begins: 
November 28, 2023

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