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Call for Applications-The John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship

John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship Theme: “Human Development in South Asia”

Pacific Basin Research Center Soka University of America

2014-15 Academic Year

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America, a premier Liberal Arts University in Orange County California, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the second annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin. This year’s theme is Human Development in South Asia. We encourage applications from young scholars (within two years of defending their dissertation) interested in development in South Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan), especially those with expertise in fields such as economics, politics, public health, public policy, development studies, technology, and sustainability.

John D. Montgomery is known for his excellence in connecting academic and policy worlds to promote humanistic development around the world. As a Ford Foundation Professor at Harvard and the PBRC’s inaugural Director, Professor Montgomery published dozens of path-breaking studies on foreign aid, the environment, social capital, administrative reform, and much more. Reflecting Professor Montgomery’s outstanding contributions, the successful applicant will demonstrate distinction in research, teaching, and policy, as well as dedication towards an improved understanding of the Pacific Basin.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $45,000. The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in each of the fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 load), including one upper-level seminar on a topic related to human development in South Asia and a lower-division course, an Introduction to the Pacific Basin. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC by organizing talks, connecting to students, conducting independent research, and producing a PBRC ‘Policy Brief’ paper.

Soka University of America is located in Aliso Viejo, southern Orange County. Opening its breathtaking campus in 2001, SUA has quickly joined the ranks of some of the best liberal arts campuses in the world. The 2013 US News and World Report College Rankings placed Soka in the top fifty liberal arts institutions in the country (number seven on the west coast), placing #1 for faculty resources and foreign students, and within the top ten best value schools. Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student / teacher ratio, and an immensely diverse student body, SUA is committed to helping students become global citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus, and two references to Soka University of America’s Human Resources ( by 20 April 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Mastro, PBRC Program Coordinator (

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