Published: Dec. 16, 2021

The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications to fill a postdoctoral fellowship position for the 2022-2023 academic year. The position is open to applicants from the humanities and social sciences whose work focuses on contemporary India. We welcome candidates from a wide range of disciplinary traditions and methodological orientations. CASI welcomes applications from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees, or who will complete their degree by June 30, 2022. The term of appointment is July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023 and the Ph.D. must be in hand to begin the appointment. Since the fellowship is intended for early career scholars, Ph.D.s must have been received in 2019 or after. The position may be renewable for up to one additional year conditional on performance and budgetary approval. 

Since its founding in 1992 within the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), CASI has continued to uphold Penn’s global reputation as a leading U.S. institution of research in South Asian studies and scholarship on India. CASI’s goals are to engage in research; host scholars and policymakers; and convene conversations through seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications. The fellowship will provide candidates with opportunities to pursue their own research and ideally to also collaborate on research projects undertaken by the Center. There is no teaching requirement. Innovative new project proposals by fellows may also be considered and modestly funded by the Center. Fellows will also be expected to help organize some of the Center’s core activities, including seminars and workshops, and have opportunities to interact with a distinguished array of visiting speakers, scholars and fellows. Because fellows are expected to be fully integrated with the intellectual life of the Center, they must plan to physically reside in the vicinity of the University Center for the Advanced Study of India Ronald O. Perelman Center for Poltiical Science & Economics Unversity of Pennsylvania 133 South 36th Street, Suite 230, Philadelphia, PA 19104 of Pennsylvania, and be a regular presence at the Center. 

The fellowship includes a stipend of $58,000, contingent upon proof of conferral of the Ph.D. degree, a $2,500 research fund, and health insurance. Our program values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality; is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community; and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and under-represented communities. The University of Pennsylvania is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse community at Penn. We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on January 18, 2022 and continuing until the selections are final. To apply, please submit the following required documents. Required: 1. Cover Letter address to the “Selection Committee”, CASI (maximum 2 pages). 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Research Statement (maximum 2 pages, double spaced) 4. Writing Sample (maximum 40 pages double spaced, or equivalent length published work. Can include a supplement / appendix which will not count against page limit). 5. Two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors. 

Candidates can apply here, and we will begin reviewing applications on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, and will continue reviewing until the position is filled.