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John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, United States
Application Deadline: 20 April, 2014

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America, a premier Liberal Arts University in Orange County California, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the second annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin. This year’s theme is Human Development in South Asia. We encourage applications from young scholars (within two years of defending their dissertation) interested in development in South Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan), especially those with expertise in fields such as economics, politics, public health, public policy, development studies, technology, and sustainability.

John D. Montgomery is known for his excellence in connecting academic and policy worlds to promote humanistic development around the world. As a Ford Foundation Professor at Harvard and the PBRC’s inaugural Director, Professor Montgomery published dozens of path-breaking studies on foreign aid, the environment, social capital, administrative reform, and much more. Reflecting Professor Montgomery’s outstanding contributions, the successful applicant will demonstrate distinction in research, teaching, and policy, as well as dedication towards an improved understanding of the Pacific Basin.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $45,000. The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in each of the fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 load), including one upper-level seminar on a topic related to human development in South Asia and a lower-division course, an Introduction to the Pacific Basin. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC by organizing talks, connecting to students, conducting independent research, and producing a PBRC ‘Policy Brief’ paper.

Soka University of America is located in Aliso Viejo, southern Orange County. Opening its breathtaking campus in 2001, SUA has quickly joined the ranks of some of the best liberal arts campuses in the world. The 2013 US News and World Report College Rankings placed Soka in the top fifty liberal arts institutions in the country (number seven on the west coast), placing #1 for faculty resources and foreign students, and within the top ten best value schools. Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student / teacher ratio, and an immensely diverse student body, SUA is committed to helping students become global citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus, and two references to:

Soka University of America
Human Resources

Deadline for applications is April 20, 2014. 

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Mastro, PBRC Program Coordinator at mmastro@soka.edu

Full PhD scholarships at ICS

Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS)
Universities of Groningen, Utrecht, and Nijmegen
Groningen, Utrecht, and Nijmegen, Netherlands
Application Deadline: 22 April, 2014

The recruitment and selection procedure for these full PhD scholarships starts
already at April 1, 2014, with advertisements on Dutch and foreign websites
(such as academic transfer, www.academics.de<http://www.academics.de> and
www.jobs.ac.uk<http://www.jobs.ac.uk>) and on the ICS website

The Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) is an
institute for postgraduate studies of the Universities of Groningen, Utrecht,
and Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. The ICS offers a postgraduate program for a
small selection of excellent graduates in one of the social and behavioral
sciences (including economics, history, mathematics or computer sciences). The
structured program consists of training in advanced theory construction and
research methods by means of courses, tutorials, and individual study.
Supervision and monitoring are intense: each PhD student is supported by a
personal supervision team and meetings on a regular basis. After four years,
our PhD students will have finished their dissertation and will be
well-prepared to enter the growing market for highly trained researchers in the
social sciences.

Training and thesis supervision are in English. As the ICS is a joint venture of
the universities of Groningen, Utrecht, and Nijmegen, PhD students reside either
in Utrecht, Groningen, or Nijmegen. Course locations alternate between
Groningen, Utrecht and Nijmegen, with PhD students commuting during the period
of each course.

ICS PhD students enjoy rather comfortable conditions, certainly compared to
opportunities for PhD students in other countries. The salary amounts to appr.
€2083,- before taxes in the first year of the appointment, rising to appr.
€2664,- before taxes in the fourth year. There are no tuition fees.

We would like to ask you to search in your own network for recent graduates who
might be interested and who are highly qualified.

General information on the ICS and the structure of the program can be found on
the ICS-website: http://www.ics-graduateschool.nl

Information on the available PhD positions can be found on:


Further information, if necessary, can be obtained via
Applications, online only, should be delivered through the ICS website until
April 22, 2014.
The interviews will be conducted on June 3, 4 & 10, 11 June 2014.

We very much appreciate your interest and cooperation,

Rafael Wittek
Scientific Director ICS