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Senior Visiting Scholars

The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Political Science seeks applicants for up to two (2) Senior Visiting Scholars who seek to conduct research on political institutions, opinion or behavior. Applications are welcome from scholars of all ranks or equivalent professional positions. The specific length of the appointment will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, but we especially welcome applications from scholars who are interested in spending an entire year at Vanderbilt during the 2018-2019 academic year. There is no teaching requirement associated with the fellowship. Successful candidates will be provided financial support (e.g. a stipend equivalent to half-salary to make a full year’s leave possible), office space, and computing resources.

Candidates should submit a vita and a cover letter describing their research project, what they hope to accomplish while at CSDI, and why spending time at Vanderbilt would provide a useful setting for that research. The letter should also indicate how long the desired time in residence would be and whether there are existing financial arrangements that would be relevant (e.g., if you have a paid semester’s leave and health care benefits). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received before January 15, 2018.  Applications should be submitted online through Interfolio at

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.