Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Associate Position

The Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) invites postdoctoral students and untenured scholars to apply for its Democratic Innovations Fellowship. Democratic Innovations is an interdisciplinary ISPS program bringing together social scientists from a variety of fields to think about the factors that affect government policy and decision-making and to analyze novel institutions that might support improvements in representation and government performance. To deepen our understanding of political representation, collective choice, and government performance, we seek scholars who are studying the political economy of democratic political institutions.

Topics of great interest to our group include, but are not limited to: institutional improvements to promote efficient, evidence-based political decisions, how ideas spread and what institutions can catalyze faster social learning, theoretical and empirical analysis of novel systems of voting and officeholder selection, theoretical study of democratic political institutions based on realistic views of voter behavior, methods for attracting dedicated and talented people to government, creative ideas about the new possibilities for governance and representation introduced by modern technology, and the study of the barriers to putting proven good ideas into practice. 


We are interested in scholars doing basic or applied research on these and related questions.

Fellowship positions are open to those who have recently completed their Ph.D. (in the last 6 years). Scholars are generally supported at a standard postdoctoral level for a period of one year beginning July 1, 2023 and are expected to be in residence during the academic year. In some cases, the fellowship may be extended to a second year. Fellows are expected to be actively engaged with the activities of the Democratic Innovations program and present their research at least once per semester. Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and may, in some cases, include minimal teaching responsibilities.


Please send cover letter, research statement, current C.V., one writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. A copy of graduate transcripts is also required for postdoctoral applicants not currently holding a faculty position. We will begin reviewing applications February 20, 2023 and continue reviewing applications until the search is complete.

The review process for the 2023-2024 Democratic Innovations Postdoctoral Fellowships has ended and this position is now closed.  Please check back in Fall 2023 for new positions being offered in the 2024-2025 academic year.


Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.