Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Job description

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary professional school of international studies that prepares students for careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Our program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to design policies, implement programs, and realize outcomes that enhance human capabilities around the world.

Position Summary
The Sié Chou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Oxfam America are seeking qualified candidates for an innovative post-doctoral scholar program. The goal of this position is to contribute to the mission of both organizations through collaborative research on policy-relevant questions related to women's leadership and feminist U.S. foreign policy. This position will serve as a bridge between Oxfam and the Sié Center and develop a collaborative project.

We will accept applications from candidates who specialize in gender-related leadership and U.S. foreign policy. We are particularly interested in applicants who have examined how to implement a feminist and intersectional foreign policy and/or the potential for establishing a Department of Women's Equality in the U.S.

The Fellowship will begin September 1, 2021. The fellowship will extend for a one-year term, with the individuals time spent at both Oxfam America (in Boston and/or Washington, DC) and the Sié Center at the University of Denver.

The Sié Center is a center of excellence within the Josef Korbel School that leads research, education, and policy programs focused on global security, prosperity, and social justice. Ten faculty, visiting and post-doctoral scholars, and over 30 Korbel M.A. and PhD students contribute to the center's activities. While at the Sié Center, post-doctoral fellows have opportunities to work with center faculty and graduate students, engage with relevant policy practitioners, and receive administrative and research/travel support sufficient to allow the completion of a major research product. Fellows will be expected to attend and contribute to a seminar series and engage with other program initiatives including conferences, commentary, and publications.

Oxfam America is part of an international confederation of 20 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct independent and collaborative research, with a focus on policy-relevant empirical research related to women's leadership and intersectional foreign policy.
  • With organizational partners, develop a joint Oxfam- Sié Center collaborative project (workshop or other sets of activities that will increase cooperation between the organizations and promote joint interests).
  • Work with Sié Center faculty and Oxfam staff on additional research projects as consistent with his/her interests and expertise.
  • Participate in events and workshops hosted by Oxfam and the Sié Center.
  • Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic audiences as well as Oxfam staff focused on research, policy/advocacy, and programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Substantial progress toward a PhD in Political Science or other relevant disciplines.
  • Applicants should complete all requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2021 and be no more than 2 years from the awarding of their degree.
  • Policy-relevant research agenda related to women's leadership and intersectional foreign policy.
  • Familiarity with U.S. foreign policy and gender and other efforts to move it toward greater social justice.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by April 9, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Questions about the position can be directed towards Gergana Kostadinova-Law, Program Manager at the Sié Center, at

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $55,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.




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Job No: 493565
Posted: 3/9/2021
Application Due: 5/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable