Postdoctoral Research Associate ⎻ Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates. We invite applications from scholars whose research focuses broadly on Africa and the African Diaspora. This is a one-year appointment, renewable for a second year beginning August 1, 2024. 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 $50,000, plus full-time benefits and is open to qualified candidates regardless of citizenship or current residence.

Research Associates are expected to participate in the series of workshops (about twice monthly) and to make at least one formal presentation of their work to the University community.

The fellowship is open to qualified candidates without restriction as to citizenship or current residence. Applicants for the post-doctoral fellowship must have been awarded their Ph.D. by the time of application or furnish proof from the relevant registrar that all documentation required for the Ph.D. has been submitted by July 15, 2024. Post-doctoral applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than December 2017.   

**Please note: Individuals may not apply for the Woodson pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the same time.

For additional information about the position, please contact James Perla at

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

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To be considered, applications must be received by December 1st, 2023. All letters of recommendation must be received by December 7th, 2023.  The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0053685, and this is the direct link: Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • C.V/Resume (Please name file using: LASTNAME_CV)

  • Cover Letter (Please name file using: LASTNAME_COVER LETTER)

  • Writing Sample 1 (Please name file: LASTNAME_SAMPLE1)

  • Please submit 1 attachment containing the following information (for proper formatting, please refer to the sample image in the "formatting" section below)

  • Project title

  • Abstract or short-description of project (should not exceed 50 words)

  • Project description (should not exceed 7 double-spaced pages or 1,750 words)

  • Writing Sample 2 (Please name file using: LASTNAME_SAMPLE2)

  • Please submit 1 attachment containing the following:

  • Bibliography (should not exceed 4 double-spaced pages)

  • The bibliography need not be an “annotated bibliography.” It is intended to provide the review committee with a list of the authors with whom you engage in your project.

  • Syllabus for a previously taught or prospective course

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (signed originals only) by persons qualified to evaluate the proposals for which support is being sought. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to:

  • N.B.: The application does not require an additional academic writing sample (a paper or dissertation chapter). The review committee will assess the abstract and project description as an example of one's writing.   

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 at

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