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

Call for Applications

John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Theme: “Peace Studies”

 Pacific Basin Research Center

Soka University of America

2016-17 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 fourth annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars (within two years of defending their dissertation) whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin. This year’s theme is Peace Studies.  Applications from scholars with research interests in conflict resolution, peacekeeping, peace building, third-party support for peace processes, reconciliation, or the relationship between peace and development, human rights and/or good governance are welcome.  The geographical focus is open to scholars specializing in any area of the world, with priority given to those studying the countries of the Pacific Basin.

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 $50,000. The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in each of the fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 teaching load), consisting of an Introduction to Peace Studies in the Fall and a special topics course related to their research in the Spring.  The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC by organizing talks, connecting to students, and conducting independent research.  Additionally, the post-doctoral scholar must produce a PBRC ‘Policy Brief’ on their area of interest.

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 world’s best liberal arts campuses. The 2015 US News and World Report College Rankings placed Soka in the top fifty liberal arts institutions, placing first for faculty resources and foreign students, and fourth for best value.  Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student to teacher ratio, and a 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 letters of reference to Soka University of America’s Human Resources ( by 30 April 2016.  Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.  If you have any questions, please contact PBRC Program Coordinator Kayo Yoshikawa (

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