Postdoctoral fellowships in Social Science of Russia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2021

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for one-year Wisconsin Russia Project postdoctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) at UW-Madison. The fellowships will commence September 1, 2021 and run through August 31, 2022. Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. CREECA encourages applications from specialists in Russia-focused public policy and from those who apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or related methods to the study of Russia’s regions. Fellows will be paired with UW-Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA’s lecture series, to participate actively in the Wisconsin Russia Project, and to participate in the Wisconsin Russia Project Young Scholars Conference for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2022 (dates TBD).

Fellows must devote full time to the Wisconsin Russia Project and may not accept any other major activities that require frequent and/or prolonged absence from UW-Madison during the tenure of their fellowship.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in hand prior to September 2021, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2016.  Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree but plan to do so prior to September 2021 must furnish evidence (e.g. in their letters of reference) that they are well on track to have the degree in hand by that date. UW-Madison doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible. We especially encourage applications from Russia-based scholars, particularly those from regions outside Moscow. Cover letters, CVs, and writing samples must be submitted in English. (Letters of recommendation may be in English or Russian.)

Base rate (twelve-month salary): $65,000 (pre-tax). Fellows will also receive a modest stipend for travel to academic conferences. Fellows will be eligible for basic health insurance through the State of Wisconsin. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship.

We expect fellows to reside in Madison and take part in campus activities for the entire period of their fellowship.  However, although currently UW-Madison plans for campus to be fully open in the fall 2021 semester, those plans may change depending on the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months.  Accordingly, we may consider allowing fellows to begin their fellowships in a virtual format, should there be delays in opening the UW-Madison campus.  More information about COVID-19 planning at UW-Madison is available here.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials electronically:

  • A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant. Applicants with GIS and/or public policy expertise should describe their relevant background. In this cover letter, applicants who are not US citizens/permanent residents should indicate whether they will require visa support in order to be employed at UW-Madison September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022.
  • A current curriculum vita;
  • An article-length writing sample;
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s work and proposal.

Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention “Applicant’s Last Name _WRP Postdoc application” and email the PDF as an attachment to:


The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu

Deadline: for full consideration, all materials must be received by March 31, 2021.