Postdoctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center
Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
September 26, 2024
Post date: September 26, 2023

Postdoctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

The Africana Research Center invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in any aspect of African, African American and Diaspora Studies. This is a one-year, term position, with possibility of renewal for a second year. This position is anticipated to start on July 1, 2024, but applicants seeking a later start date will also be considered.

During their residency, scholars have no teaching or administrative responsibilities. They will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and be expected to be active in Penn State's community of Africana researchers.

Information on the benefits offered with this full-time position can be found at

Education and Experience:

Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or a related field by the time of the appointment; those who have done so within the previous four academic years are preferred. Salary/benefit package is competitive. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position, submit complete application packets including a cover letter describing your research and goals for the scholarship year, a curriculum vita (six-page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages.

System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5-document limit.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and submitted as e-mail attachments to

Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to

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