African Studies Postdoc, Carter G. Woodson Institute, UVA

African Studies Postdoctoral Research Associate

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The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications from scholars whose research focuses broadly on Africa and the African Diaspora, including but not limited to North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. ​Special consideration will be given applicants whose research is interdisciplinary in perspective. This is a one year appointment, renewable for a second year (beginning August 1, 2023). In addition to research, post-doctoral associates will teach one course each year of the residency. The appointment carries the title of Research Associate and Lecturer and pays an annual (12 month) salary of $47,500, plus full-time benefits and is open to qualified candidates regardless of citizenship or current residence.

Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by July 2023 and have received their PhD no earlier than 2016.

Research Associates must be in residence at the University of Virginia for the entire award period and are expected to participate in a series of workshops throughout the academic year. They may accept no employment, fellowships, or consulting obligations during the fellowship period without the Director’s approval.

For additional information about eligibility, guidelines, and review criteria, please visit the Post-Doctoral page on the Carter G. Woodson Institute’s website:

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Robert Trent Vinson, Professor & Director of Carter G Woodson IAAS at

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

Complete applications must be received no later than midnight EST on December 1, 2022.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0040178. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:

  1. C.V/Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Project Description
  • Project title
  • Abstract or short description of project (should not exceed 50 words)
  • Project description (should not exceed 7 double-spaced pages)
  1. Bibliography and Syllabus 
  • Bibliography (should not exceed 4 double-spaced pages)
  • Syllabus for a previously taught or prospective course
  1. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (signed originals only) by persons qualified to evaluate the proposals for which support is being sought.

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

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