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Fellowships in Polish Studies

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation seeks candidates for the positions of Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in Polish Studies.

Both fellowships will be based in our offices in Washington, DC and will report directly to the Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette. Fellows will be tasked with writing a report of significant length on an agreed upon subject relevant to the Foundation’s mission and to participate fully in the publication and promotion process, including public presentations and briefings to Congressmen, administrative officials, diplomatic delegations, and academic conferences as appropriate. Fellows will also assist in organizing the Foundation’s yearly academic conference on Central and Eastern Europe.

The ideal candidate for Research Fellow will:

  • Hold a graduate degree in economics, political economy, political science, history, comparative literature, film studies, or a related discipline.

  • Have a portfolio of well-written research projects or papers in the area of 20th century or contemporary Polish history and culture, Polish economic or national security policy, or Polish-American relations.

  • Possess a professional demeanor and a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism.

  • Have excellent Polish and English language skills, both written and oral.

The ideal candidate for Senior Research Fellow will:

  • Hold a doctoral degree or habilitation in economics, political economy, political science, history, comparative literature, film studies, or a related discipline, or possesses equivalent professional or administrative experience.

  • Be an internationally recognized expert in the area of 20th century or contemporary Polish history and culture, Polish economic or national security policy, or Polish-American relations.

  • Possess a professional demeanor and a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism.

  • Have excellent Polish and English language skills, both written and oral.

Salary and benefits are competitive and include a generous research support package for research- and conference- related travel. Fellows not already residing in the Washington, DC area will be provided with housing for the duration of the fellowship. Polish nationals are especially encouraged to apply. The 10-month fellowships will begin on October 1, 2019 and conclude on July 31, 2020.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Research proposal (no more than 2 pages single-spaced)

  • Two English language writing samples, preferably of published work

Applications are due on July 15, 2019 for full consideration. Applications submitted thereafter may or may not be considered. Questions and applications should be directed to the Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette, at murray.bessette@victimsofcommunism.org.

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