Turpanjian Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship

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Turpanjian Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship

The USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute and the USC Department of Sociology invite applicants to apply for a one-year 2023 Turpanjian Postdoctoral Fellowship, renewable for a second year.

The Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society & Social Change, currently held by Dr. Manuel Pastor, is committed to public scholarship on pressing social issues that combine rigorous analysis with efforts to lift the often-invisible work of everyday actors in generating social change. Dr. Pastor also serves as the Director of the USC Equity Research Institute. The Post-Doctoral applicant will be mentored by Dr. Pastor and Dr. Jody Agius Vallejo, Associate Professor, Sociology / American Studies & Ethnicity; Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology.  Dr. Vallejo also serves as the Associate Director of the USC Equity Research Institute.

For this fellowship, we seek candidates who will advance the Turpanjian mission to support deepening knowledge of how civil society institutions and grassroots actors are transforming the economic and social landscape of the 21st Century.

We invite applicants whose scholarship addresses intersections and tensions in emerging organizing models and active tools for social change. While the focus is on social movements in the US, we also welcome applicants whose scholarship utilizes transnational and comparative analysis to contextualize these movements. Potential areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to new forms of social movement organizing, including the role of digital organizing and social media; the interplay between electoral politics and social movements; the tensions and possibilities of organizing across communities, issue areas, regions, and demographics; and new ways of framing and working for economic and racial justice.

Brief Description

OrganizationUniversity of Southern California
Education LevelFellowship
Amount$70,000 – $80,000
Access ModeOnline
Number of AwardsNA
Contest DeadlineOpen
Application FeesNA
RequirementsFellowship application

Who is Eligible?

  • Possess strong communication skills to work effectively within the team and a diversity of stakeholders and sectors.
  • I have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree by August 1, 2023.
  • Graduating doctoral students and pre-tenure professors with a doctorate in a social science discipline


In addition to conducting independent research, the postdoctoral fellow will be invited and expected to:

  • Contribute to cross-campus collaborations.
  • Conceptualize and plan activities (such as workshops or a symposium) that will engage the campus community on civil society and social change issues.
  • Teach one course in the department of Sociology.
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How to Apply?

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses, and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

Application Deadline

Fellowship applications are now open

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