Postdoctoral Research Scholar

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) invites applications for the Postdoctoral Research Scholar Fellowship for academic year 2021-2022.

WEAI seeks scholars who study Modern East, Southeast, or Inner Asia, as well as Global Asia, from any discipline within the social sciences or the humanities. The fellow will teach two courses directed at advanced undergraduate and M.A. students during their appointment as well as pursue his or her own research. He or she will participate in collaborative projects with scholars, staff and students, and will be an active participant in day-to-day WEAI programs and events.

The appointment will cover a 12-month period beginning September 1, 2021, ending August 31, 2022. The position comes with shared office space and access to the libraries and resources of Columbia University. The incumbent is eligible for benefits, including health and dental.


  • Priority is given to Columbia University graduates; non-Columbia PhDs will also be considered
  • Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements (dissertation completed and filed) between May 1, 2018 and August 31, 2021.
  • Individuals who have not held a tenure-track position preferred.

To apply, submit application materials to Rattana Bounsouaysana ([email protected]). Please note that applicants are required to send all files in one email or to upload them to a cloud-based application and send the URL via email for full consideration. Faxed or mailed applications will not be considered.


  • Application Cover Sheet
  • 1-2 page Cover Letter that briefly states your interest in the position, your background, and a summary of your research
  • Curriculum Vitae, up-to-date and including a list of classes taught (if any)
  • Two Letters of Reference (provided via Interfolio or emailed directly from the referee to Rattana Bounsouaysana [[email protected]]) that include an evaluation of the applicant’s research and prior teaching experience (if any)

Application Deadline

All application materials (including letters of reference) must be received by the Institute on or before May 14, 2021. Candidates may be invited for an interview to be held by phone or video. All evaluations made in connection with applications received are confidential.

Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2021. Acceptance of award is due no later than June 8, 2021.