Postdoctoral Fellows

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More information about Postdoctoral Fellowships is forthcoming. Please check back in the fall of 2023 for updated guidelines and application forms.

The Pourdavoud Institute administers a number of fellowships for outstanding emerging scholars, whose work pertains to ancient Iran. Postdoctoral Fellows are typically invited to the Institute for the duration of an academic year (nine months) to work on their projects, and participate in the intellectual life of the Pourdavoud Institute and UCLA. They will be required to develop and teach a course during their tenure at the Pourdavoud Institute, in collaboration with other disciplines across the campus specializing in the study of the ancient world.

Pourdavoud Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ancient Iranian Studies

The full-time, one-year postdoctoral position, housed in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, may be renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance and funding. Post-doctoral fellows are to teach one or two course(s) during the academic year, while pursuing their own research and participating in the activities of the Pourdavoud Institute, the Program of Iranian Studies, the Department, as well as other affiliated departments and centers. Postdoctoral fellows are also expected to organize—provided funding is available—academic events within their field of specialty under the aegis of the Pourdavoud Institute.

The Pourdavoud Postdoctoral Fellowship aims to promote the work of exceptional scholars at an early stage of their careers, whose presence at UCLA would strengthen the study of ancient Iran. Applicants specializing in all subfields of ancient Iranian Studies are encouraged to apply. The Pourdavoud Institute is particularly interested in candidates whose research engages broader cultural and intellectual traditions, is integrative in methodology and perspective, and is grounded in philological, archaeological, or art historical expertise.

Applicants are required to have completed their PhD before the beginning of their tenure at UCLA. Preference is given to candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree more recently. Postdoctoral fellows may not hold concurrent fellowships or positions during their appointment.