Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Karsh Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia

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University of Virginia: Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Karsh Institute of Democracy


The Karsh Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia (UVA) invites applications for two postdoctoral Gibson Fellowships for scholars doing work that provides a deeper understanding of the era of the American Revolution and its legacies.

These will be two-year fellowships, from September 2024 through August 2026. During the first year, the fellowship will entirely support the fellow’s research. During the second year, along with their research, the postdoctoral fellows will also work with the Karsh Institute of Democracy to contribute to public programming linked to the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. This programming work will be supported by the Institute’s staff and resources, and throughout the fellowship will also offer support for public scholarship of various kinds.

The search committee is particularly interested in scholars working in the fields of History, Literary Studies, and/or Political Theory. In addition to scholarship specifically on the course of the American Revolution, they also welcome applications for work that explores intellectual genealogies, cultural transformations, or economic, political, and social developments during the long eighteenth century. The Institute sees the American Revolution as situated within a wide geographical context, and one shaped by multiple sovereignties, and is interested in work that offers new perspectives on the period.

The fellows will be a part of the John L. Nau III Lab of the History & Principles of Democracy at the Karsh Institute of Democracy, and they will have the opportunity to work with core faculty members in the lab. In addition, faculty will help fellows connect with relevant seminars and workshops across UVA as well as with nearby historical sites according to their interests.

The annual salary for each position is $65,000 per year, with an additional $5,000 per year in research funding.


Qualified candidates must have their Ph.D. completed by the beginning of the fellowship.

To Apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. A cover letter outlining your interest in the fellowship;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a writing sample of 30-50 pages, representing work that would be relevant for this position;
  4. a description (not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages) of the scholarly work to be pursued during the fellowship period;
  5. a one paragraph idea for a potential event;
  6. and names and contact information for three referees who can be contacted for letters of reference.

For additional information about the position, please contact Laurent Dubois, Academic Director of the Karsh Institute of Democracy and John L. Nau III Bicentennial Professor of the History and Principles of Democracy, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter and Academic Recruitment Lead, at

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The application deadline is December 1, 2023.



From the program:

The Karsh Institute of Democracy is dedicated to a future in which democracy’s aspirations and reality are aligned. We work tirelessly to understand, defend, and invigorate the institutions, practices, and cultural underpinnings that are the foundations of democracy. Through all our work— robust interdisciplinary scholarship, research and teaching, and vibrant programs and partnerships designed to engage the public and influence policy agendas—we are shaping a thriving democratic future.

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About the school:

The University of Virginia was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. The school was designed as a public university meant to advance human knowledge, educate leaders, and cultivate an informed citizenry.

The University boasts nationally ranked schools and programs, diverse and distinguished faculty, a major academic medical center and proud history as a renowned research university. The community and culture of the University are enriched by active student self-governance, sustained commitment to the arts and a robust NCAA Division I Athletics program.

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