Residential Research Fellowships

The Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at the MacMillan Center invites applications for residential research fellowships from scholars who address fundamental questions of order, conflict, and violence. The Program is offering two (2) pre doctoral fellowships in 2017-18.

This is an interdisciplinary research program, based on the social sciences (including history), which aims to promote innovative research on such questions as the causes of breakdown of order and violent conflict, the material and non-material sources and consequences of conflict, the various forms of political violence (e.g. coups, massacres, revolutions, riots, war, and genocide), the likelihood that some types of group conflict may be more or less prone to escalating into violent conflict, the evolution of national, subnational, or transnational political orders, and the social and political conditions and institutions associated with the emergence and breakdown of order. Under the direction of Professor Stathis Kalyvas, the Program fosters an intellectual community at Yale through the interaction of students, faculty, and visiting scholars interested in questions of order, conflict, and violence, and organizes various activities, including lectures, speaker series, workshops, and conferences.

Pre-doctoral Associates will be expected to be in full-time residence during the academic year beginning September 1, 2016. During their appointment, Fellows are expected to work on their research projects, interact with graduate students and faculty, contribute to the intellectual life of the Program, and participate in its collective activities and development.

Fellows are expected to complete their doctoral dissertations and work with Professor Stathis Kalyvas on research projects dealing with various dimensions of civil conflict for approximately 10 hours each week. Responsibilities will vary but likely include assisting with the design and implementation of original surveys, data collection and management, assistance in archival research, and preliminary data analysis.

In awarding fellowships, preference is given to: graduate students who have made progress on their dissertations and are likely to complete them during their fellowship. Applicants for Pre doctoral fellowships must have completed all coursework and general examinations at the time of application and are expected to have made significant progress on their dissertations. All candidates must be fluent in English.

Stipend and Resource Information

The Program provides an academic year stipend plus individual health insurance coverage. All Fellows appointed by the Program will have full access to the Yale University libraries and email. Normally, Fellows can expect shared office space, computer access and basic office supplies. Interested candidates, who have other sources of funding, may apply with a clear indication of their funding situation. All applicants should indicate clearly whether they are seeking full or partial funding.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. cover letter, including current e-mail address
  2. current curriculum vitae, including publications
  3. 1500-word description of the proposed research project. The description should include the background, nature, importance, specific objectives, and methodology of the proposed research project.
  4. one sample of writing not exceeding 20 double-spaced pages pertinent to the proposed research project. (No books accepted.)
  5. two letters of recommendation. Letters of reference can be uploaded directly by the referees through the on-line application site.
  6. an official graduate school transcript.

Do NOT include any additional materials (e.g., bibliographies, appendices)

To apply, click here:

Deadline for submission: February 1st, 2017 (applications submitted AFTER February 1st will not be accepted)

For additional information e-mail Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Further Info:

Whitney Doel

On-line applications only.