Special Programs

Postdoctoral Fellowship



The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship through the International Network to Expand Regional and Collaborative Teaching (INTERACT) program at Columbia University, which was launched in 2010. The fellowship will cover a 10-month period beginning August 1, 2014, and comes with a stipend of $45,000 plus benefits. PLEASE NOTE: This position is contingent on funding from the United States Department of Education.


INTERACT is a pioneering program at Columbia University that focuses on developing global studies in the undergraduate curriculum through a network of postdoctoral scholars focused on cross-regional, trans-regional, and interdisciplinary study. Several Columbia University INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are offered each academic year (when funding is available), with candidates selected by centers and institutes across the University. Candidates function as liaisons between their home office and the INTERACT network of scholars with other regional and disciplinary specializations.

INTERACT’s primary goal is to improve global literacy among Columbia students and equip them to be leaders in a globalizing world. The objectives of this overarching goal are met creatively by the INTERACT Fellows, for example through innovative courses; participation in institute programs and events; and/or workshops organized collaboratively by INTERACT Fellows.


The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society’s INTERACT Fellow will devote half their time to teaching and working with other Fellows on INTERACT programming, and half time to his or her own research and writing. The Fellow’s tentative curricular responsibility would be to develop one course each semester (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015), preferably in coordination with Columbia’s developing Global Core Curriculum. Each Fellow is required to be in residence in the New York City area and participate in all activities of the INTERACT program collaborative.


As one of the Institute’s primary goals is to provide institutional support for the best in cross-disciplinary and cross-regional comparative work, we encourage applications from a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines.

Recipients of the Fellowship must have received their Ph.D. degree within the past four years (Spring 2010 and after).

Recipients must complete all their Ph.D. requirements (completed and filed the dissertation) by June 30, 2014.

Application Process

The following list of materials is required for all applicants:

  • Instruction sheet and completed application form
  • Credit card form (if paying application fee by credit card - please refer to Instruction Sheet for directions on paying by check)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Course proposal: 2-3 page proposal for two undergraduate courses to be offered at Columbia University. (1-1.5 pages per course.) These courses are to be offered without prerequisites, and must emphasize cross-border, trans-regional, and interdisciplinary approaches. These course proposals are meant to convey a sense of your teaching interests beyond the special field of your research.
  • Research proposal: 2-3 page statement describing the research project you would pursue at Columbia University if awarded a fellowship, indicating its relation (if any) to your doctoral dissertation, as well as its relation to the mission of ICLS.
  • Letters of recommendation: 3 letters of reference (signed and sealed) that include an evaluation of your research and teaching proposals.
  • Previous Education: Indicate on your curriculum vitae each college and university you have attended, with the inclusive dates. Have a copy of the transcript of your graduate record sent to INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellowship, mailing address is below. If you have not been awarded the Ph.D. your dissertation director is expected to provide assurance that you will have the doctorate by June 30, 2014.

All application materials (including letters of reference) must be received by the Institute on or before March 28, 2014. Late, faxed, or emailed applications will not be accepted. Dossier services such as Interfolio, Inc. are accepted. Candidates may be invited for a phone interview.  All evaluations made in connection with applications received are confidential. 



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