Welcome to the Placement Resources Website!  Department faculty are committed to your success. Please do not hesitate to consult with me about careers, professionalization, and—of course—jobs.
—Professor Kathleen Cunningham, Director of Graduate Placement, 2014-present.

The Five 'P's of Placement
  • PLACE—where you get your degree matters
  • PREPARATION—work hard, get the right skills, be ambitious
  • PEOPLE—seek mentors, create a network, participate
  • PUBLISH—make yourself known
  • PhD—get it done!
Step-by-step: the Academic Placement Process

1. Start Here

The summer before you finish your dissertation is when you start the job search. Consult with your advisors first, talk to the Placement Director, and warn your references that you will be asking for letters soon.  Then, register for Interfolio, join the APSA, and start monitoring the APSA eJobs listings.

2. Get Friendly with the APSA

  • The APSA Annual Meeting Placement Interview Service, a.k.a. the “meet market,” is where some institutions conduct preliminary interviews
  • The APSA eJobs site lists almost every opening in the U.S., and some other countries as well

3. Identify Targets

Match the job openings to your expertise, consult with your advisors, and send your file out. Tailor your cover letter to each job. If your file is not yet complete, send an initial letter of inquiry and c.v., following up with the full file. Note:  take deadlines seriously!

4.  The Interview

As soon as you receive an invitation to interview, tell your advisors and the Placement Director, and arrange to do a practice job talk. Interviews typically include meetings with faculty, administrators, and students, and last more than one day. Most require you to do a job talk based on your research, and some require you to teach a class. Dress professionally and come prepared to ask a lot of questions—as well as answer them.

5. Post-Interview

Thank the head of the Search Committee and/ or the Department Chair. Keep them informed about other interviews and job offers. Discuss job offers with your advisors. And… keep in touch!

Your Placement File
  • Cover letter (3 pages) tailored to each job opening
  • C.V.—see a model/template here, Placement Director can review it
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of recommendation—at least three
  • Statement of research trajectory (2 pages)
  • Writing sample(s)—two dissertation chapters, one publication
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages)—see suggestions here
  • Syllabi of any courses you have taught yourself
  • Course evaluations


About Interfolio

Interfolio Document Services

The Department has contracted with the Interfolio service to help you manage the paperwork involved in applying for jobs.  Upload your documents, request letters of reference, and have your portfolio delivered through Interfolio. The Department pays the registration and regular U.S. mail fees—ask the Director of Placement Services for the Special Code.  Students manage the entire application process through this service. The Director of Placement Services has administrative access to all accounts.

  • Register at www.interfolio.com and select Special Offer Code
  • Upload your file
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Cover letters
    • Official transcripts
    • Writing samples
    • Syllabi
    • Statement of Research Trajectory
    • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
    • Other
  • Request letters of reference through the Interfolio system, which will send a code to the letter writers to help them upload their letters (students cannot read them)
  • Select the documents you want Interfolio to send to the job openings you specify

Note:  Interfolio can scan and upload to your file any document that is not already digitized

Post-Doc Fellowships and Research Support

NOTE: Some of these are offered every year, others may only be available for a short time. Let us know if any of these are no longer being offered. Various research opportunities can be found via the COS service.

Outside Resources

Listed Opportunities

American Antiquarian Society Short and Long Term Visiting Fellowships
For research on American life up to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowships
Places you in government jobs. Fellowship areas are Congressional; Diplomacy, Security& Development; Energy, Environment & Agriculture; Health, Education & Human Services; Roger Revelle Global Stewardship.

American Council for Learned Societies Fellowships and Grants

American Councils for International Education Fellowships
Primarily for area studies and language training.

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies
TALIM Research Grants: research conducted anywhere in Morocco
CEMAT Research Grants: research conducted anywhere in Tunisia
CEMA Research Grants: research conducted anywhere in Algeria
AIMS Multi-country Research Grants: conducting research in Libya or Mauritania or conducting multi-country research in any combination of North African countries

Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Canada
These prestigious two-year fellowships worth $70,000 per year, are open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree. Seventy fellowships will be awarded each year.

The Belfer Center Harvard University
Both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in the International Security Program (ISP); Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP); and Dubai Initiative

Calouste Gulbenkian Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Research on a variety of themes selected each year. Preference given to applicants from Portugal, Lusophone states, or Europe. Info: transatlantic@jhu.edu or call 202-663-5880.

Center for International and Regional Studies Fellowship,
 Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Focus on Middle East with priority to those working on the Gulf.

Cooke Graduate Fellows
Only for those who received an undergraduate Cooke scholarship.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Department of State Diplomacy Fellows
Designed to advance eligible candidates to the Foreign Service Oral Assessment. Strict eligibility requirements.

Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program
The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

Department of State Programs: Various
Includes Fascell Fellowship, Cooperative Education Program, and others

The Earth Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows Program, Columbia University

Fellowships in International Security, The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University
Pre and Post Doctoral Fellowships in international security; science, technology and international security; and nuclear security.

Five College Fellowship Program
Offer year-long residencies for doctoral students completing dissertations.

Ford Foundation Fellowships Program
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Fulbright Fellowships
Various short and long-term grants and fellowships for international field research.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, US Dept of Education
Dissertation research, language learning, and areas studies grants for 6-12 months.

Global Leaders Fellowship Programme, Oxford and Princeton
For PhDs from a developing country.

Graduate Student Summer Associate Program, The RAND Corporation
Conduct research for three months.

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies.

U.S. Institute of Peace, Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program
Awards nonresidential Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarships to students at U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict, and international security.

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. The IAF disseminates research findings of its Fellows to a broad audience concerned with development. The IIE has partnered with the IAF to administer its Grassroots Development Fellowship Program.

International Research & Exchanges Board
Individual Advanced Research Opportunities.Provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, post-Soviet studies

IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program
Provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research, in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to engaging in research in the region, the IARO fellowship affords scholars the opportunity to increase their understanding of critical, policy relevant issues, develop and sustain international networks, and collaborate with foreign scholars on topics vital to both the academic and policy-making communities.

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowships
The Foundation will consider communication or public opinion projects that raise awareness about Japan in the US and/or US in Japan.

Kuwait Program at Sciences Po
For students studying Gulf or Middle East politics - a writing grant

Leitner Center Post-doctoral Fellowship, Yale University
Basic research in international and comparative political economy.

National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants, Political Science Program
Award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research.

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. All institutes, except Japan, last approximately eight weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately ten weeks from June to August.

National Security Education Program's (NSEP) Boren Fellowships
The National Security Education Program's (NSEP) Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. NSEP supports students studying languages, cultures, and world regions EXCEPT Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are intended to support U.S. graduate students who will pursue the study of languages and cultures deemed critical to U.S. national security, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. Recipients of the Boren Fellowship must agree to seek employment in an agency of the federal government involved in national security for a minimum of one year.

Miller Center Fellowship in Politics and History
For research and writing dissertations on American politics, foreign policy, world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States.

National Research Initiative Post-Doctoral Fellowships, American Enterprise Institute

National Security Education Program / Boren Fellowship Fellows, International Institute for Education
Add international and language expertise to your graduate education.

Nuclear Safeguards Internship
A Dept. of Energy program run through Monterey Institute for Intl Studies, with the internship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, provides $6500 for 2 months work and an intensive prepcourse)

Nuclear Security Fellows Program, The RAND Corporation
For research on policy-relevant understanding on nuclear security-related topics.

Open Society Fellowships
Fellows are expected to engage with OSI's network by participating in conferences and program events and may be asked to run a seminar for OSI staff and outside colleagues.

Population Foundation's Fred H. Bixby Fellowship Program
The Population Council offers a fellowship program to expand training opportunities for social scientists and biomedical researchers in the health and population fields. This fellowship is geared toward developing-country nationals in the early stages of their careers, and to those with a demonstrated commitment to remaining in their home countries to build capacity in local institutions or returning home after working/studying abroad.

Post-doc in Regional Political Economy, Princeton University
Regional political economy in the Middle East, East, South, or Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Post-doctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development and Peace: The Earth Institute and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity
Specializing in conflict resolution, violence, peace-studies, or related areas, with an interest in its relation to sustainable development.

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Globalization and Governance at Niehaus Center, Princeton University
These awards are designed to promote basic research in the broad areas of international and comparative political economy, international organization and global governance, and globalization.

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Nuffield College, Oxford University
For research in any area of the social sciences except Economics, for three years.

Presidential Management Fellows
Placement in US government agencies.

Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
Focus on U.S.-Arab relations, Arab studies, or Islamic studies.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program was established in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Congress to enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
For minority scholars.

Social Science Research Council
Various dissertation research fellowships.

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowships
Pre- and Post-doctoral fellowships with a focus on nuclear issues.

Tinker Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
Pre-dissertation grant for preliminary fieldwork in Latin America or Iberia.

Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security (RAND)
This fellowship provides two years of support for scholars of international relations and security interested in conducting policy-oriented research.

Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
Two-year fellowships for international career in policy world. Places at think tanks in the US and Europe.

WAPPP/International Security Program Fellowship
In the academic year 2010-2011, the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School will be awarding one postdoctoral residential fellowship to an outstanding scholar in security affairs from the United States or elsewhere working to promote basic research in the broad area of international security with a particular focus on issues relating to gender. This fellow must hold a Ph.D. by September 2010.

Wilson Center Post-doctoral Fellowship
Deadline: October 1
Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance.

Wilson Center Regional Scholars
Various short-term scholar research and fellowship opportunities in regional programs at the Center, each with their own application process.

World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, The Smith Richardson Foundation
Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.

Non-Academic Job Search Resources

Non-faculty Higher Education Positions

Jobs in American Politics and Policy

Jobs with an International Focus