One or more competitive postdoctoral fellowships are available each year to recent doctoral degree recipients in fields represented within Armenian studies, such as Armenian language, literature, and history, as well as all other academic fields — including but not limited to the social sciences, health sciences, humanities, music, arts, engineering, and public policy — with a research emphasis on Armenia or Armenians.
Additionally, one or more competitive postdoctoral fellowships are available through PAI’s Armenian Genocide Research Program (AGRP). These fellowships are designated for recent doctoral degree recipients in fields relevant to the study and documentation of the Armenian Genocide of the early 20th Century, especially but not exclusively on the topics of: 1. Kurdish-Armenian relations before, during, and after the Armenian Genocide, 2. post-Armenian Genocide time period and the state of the surviving Armenian population, 3. gender and genocide. It is anticipated that this research would be pursued under the mentorship of Dr. Taner Akçam, director of the AGRP.
Scholars from outside of UCLA are welcome to apply, as are current UCLA-based scholars.
These applications require three references, one from the UCLA faculty member or researcher who would potentially supervise or be associated with the proposed postdoctoral research, one from the applicant’s graduate advisor, and one additional professional reference.
Qualifications: Applicants currently completing their studies must receive their doctoral degree by June 2023. Applicants who are current degree holders must have received the degree within the past ten years. Applicants must have no more than five years of cumulative postdoctoral service, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.
Applicants must: Identify a UCLA based faculty member willing to mentor their research and/or identify research resources at UCLA associated with their proposed research
Click Here to apply for a PAI Postdoctoral Fellowship
Click Here to apply for an AGRP Postdoctoral Fellowship
Applications Accepted Beginning: December 1, 2022
Applications Due: February 1, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Time (NOTE: Reference letters due February 15, 2023)
Applicants Notified By: April 14, 2023
To apply, complete the electronic application; late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Faculty Advisory Committee of the Promise Armenian Institute, with additional UCLA faculty as necessary, will review applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who qualifies to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship?
A: To qualify for an appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar, an individual must:
1. Hold a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) or the foreign equivalent.
2. Provide evidence of completion of a doctoral degree within the past ten years.
3. Have no more than five years of cumulative postdoctoral service, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.
Q: For how long is the appointment and what is the expected time commitment?
A: PAI Postdoctoral fellowship is for one year (12 months). And Postdoctoral Scholars are full-time FLSA6-exempt professional appointees. Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed with the expectation that they will have a full-time involvement in scholarly pursuits.
Q: Are teaching duties part of the appointment?
A: In addition to the primary responsibility of conducting research, the postdoctoral appointee may also undertake leadership, service, and teaching activities that together provide a training experience essential for professional development and career advancement.
Q: Should I contact the potential UCLA faculty mentor before applying?
A: Yes. This application requires three references, one from the applicant’s graduate advisor, one from the UCLA faculty member who would potentially supervise or be associated with the proposed postdoctoral research (mentor), and one additional professional reference. Faculty mentors are responsible for guiding and monitoring the advanced training of Postdoctoral Scholars at UCLA.