RGCS Postdoctoral Fellowship and Fellows

Call for applications, 2017-19

The Research Group on Constitutional Studies at McGill University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in political science for academic year 2017-18. The fellowship is renewable for 2018-19, conditional on satisfactory progress.  The Fellow will receive a stipend of $C 55,000 per year as well as benefits and a $C 5,000 research fund.

The Fellow will be expected to be in residence at McGill throughout the academic year, to maintain an active research and publication agenda, and to take full part in workshops, conferences, and the intellectual life of RGCS and appropriate related research groups and centres (for political theorists, the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique, GRIPP).  The Fellow will also be expected to teach one course per year, most likely an upper-level undergraduate course on “Philosophy, Economics, and Society,” though other matches between curricular needs and the Fellow’s interests are possible.
The competition has a preference for political theorists and welcomes applications in all areas of political theory; it is also open to political and legal philosophers and to researchers in cognate areas of political science (public law or comparative politics within the theme of constitutional studies: constitutional design, constitutional law, federalism, and the operation of constitutional-level political institutions).

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, research statement, one writing sample of no more than 10,000 words, and 2-3 letters of recommendation to RGCS.McGill [at] gmail.com by May 5, 2017.  It is helpful and welcome if the cover letter specifies one or more members of RGCS’ faculty roster from among those listed at the bottom of ( http://www.mcgill.ca/rgcs/faculty ) who might be most appropriate as a research advisor, but the final match with an advisor or advisors may differ.

Optionally, applicants may also include an abstract for a paper they would be interested in presenting at the May 2018 RGCS conference "Political Theory In/ And/ As Political Science." 

The Research Group on Constitutional Studies is a unit of the Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.
The competition is open with respect to citizenship and nationality, but applications should indicate the applicant’s citizenship. Knowledge of French is an advantage but not required.  Other information on postdoctoral fellowships at McGill is available at http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs/fellows , including information on obtaining a Canadian work permit if necessary.  Ph.D. must have been awarded between January 1, 2013 and the date of application, or else the dissertation must have been successfully defended and all requirements for the degree completed by the date of application (i.e. with formal awarding of the degree still pending).
All e-mailed parts of an application including letters of recommendation should include the applicant’s name in the subject line.  

Applications submitted as one complete Interfolio file are welcome.



Past and current RGCS postdoctoral fellows:



Samuel Ely Bagg, Political Science

Rob Goodman, Political Science



Samuel Ely Bagg, Political Science



Briana McGinnis, Political Science

Geoff Callaghan, Law


Briana McGinnis, Political Science

Yann Allard-Tremblay, Philosophy



Yann Allard-Tremblay, Philosophy

Caleb Yong, Political Science

Ariel Zylberman, Philosophy



Ariel Zylberman, Philosophy



Daniel Silvermint, Philosophy: Now Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Connecticut

Timothy Waligore, Political Science: Now Assistant Professor of Economics, History and Political Science, Pace University



Robert Sparling, Political Science: Now Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Ottawa

Timothy Waligore, Political Science: Now Assistant Professor of Economics, History and Political Science, Pace University



Robert Sparling, Political Science: Now Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Ottawa



Evan Oxman, Political Science: Now Uihlein Assistant Professor of American Politics, Lake Forest College