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Call for Applications for Postdoctoral Fellow for Sawyer Seminar

UCSD’s International Institute is searching for a postdoctoral fellow to participate in a year-long “Sawyer Seminar” focusing on the theme of "Claiming the City: Urban Citizenship, Hybrid Cultures, and Governance in the Modern Era".  The Institute is grateful for a grant for this seminar from the Mellon Foundation. Our seminar will bring together faculty and graduate students at UCSD and other regional institutions to think together about urban spaces as sites of citizenship, governance, and environmental resilience. The year’s activities will include a series of invited speakers, workshops and classes held in 2018-19. For more details about the seminar, please see

The postdoctoral scholar position is a one-year appointment. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to engage in research that addresses the Seminar topic, and present their work at project meetings. The postdoctoral scholar will also assist with project activities, which may include co-leading monthly meetings, writing research reports, and event planning. Duties will be decided through consultation between the scholar and Sawyer Seminar co-PIs. The postdoctoral scholar is required to be in residence for the entirety of the academic year. The position is open to international applicants. The Institute is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Applicants must possess a PhD granted from an accredited university before the position begins, and must be no more than five years post-PhD. While the PhD may be in any discipline, the candidate's research should connect to the theme of the Sawyer Seminar.

Salary will be $48,216 plus benefits, in accordance with UC San Diego salary scales.

Applications should be submitted to Nancy Postero ( and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement (1000 words maximum) summarizing the applicant's intellectual interests, scholarly training, and research agenda as these relate to the Sawyer Seminar topic
  • Copies of no more than two representative publications or dissertation chapters
  • Names and contact information of two recommenders

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



We are delighted to announce the formation of the International Institute.

The International Institute will coordinate and support scholarship and teaching on international issues at UC San Diego. We hope to create a vibrant international and multidisciplinary intellectual community that produces and supports research and policy ideas from across disciplines. We are committed to fostering international knowledge that encompasses multiple levels, from local knowledge of languages and sub-national groups, to regional and state knowledge, to global knowledge of international systems, institutions, and organizations. To foster these collaborations, we will provide funding to cross-divisional faculty groups and collaboratories, and convene an annual conference dedicated to one of the university’s four research themes across regions of the world. We will also provide fellowships for faculty and graduate student research.

The institute is the result of a faculty-led initiative and will develop in collaboration with engaged faculty. We invite you to bring your expertise and research concerns into dialogue with us, by forming a faculty group based on either a regional or thematic focus. Please join us!


Nancy Postero
Director, International Institute



UCSD International Institute Undergraduate Senior Thesis Awards

Call for Nominations:  April 27, 2018

UCSD’s International Institute is delighted to announce two new undergraduate senior thesis awards for outstanding theses focused on international or global affairs.  The first prize award is $400; the second prize is $200.

To be eligible for consideration, theses must meet the following criteria:

  1. Contribute to our knowledge about (a) an international or global issue, or (b) a country, region, society, or culture outside of the United States.
  2. Ask an original and interesting research question, and make a strong argument based on excellent research and supporting evidence.
  3. Be clearly written and carefully proofread.

Nominations are welcome from all disciplines, and each department or program is allowed to nominate two theses. 

Please submit nominations with the subject line “International Institute Senior Thesis Nomination” no later than 3 pm, Friday, April 27th, 2018 to Maureen Feeley:  Awards will be announced by Friday, May 25th, 2018. 

For any questions, please contact:  Maureen Feeley:



Dr. Wendy Brown, of UC Berkeley Political Science, gave a wonderful talk to inaugurate the International Institute on March 14, 2017. You can view her talk here: