Democracy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation invites post-doctoral students to apply for its Post-Doctoral Democracy Fellowship. Democracy Fellowships aim to support post-doctoral scholars whose research must first illuminate aspects of democratic governance in ways that are outstanding according to the standards of the applicant’s academic discipline, and second, must provide normative or practical guidance regarding an urgent substantive policy or social problem related to democratic governance.


Preference will be given to post-doctoral scholars whose research interests coincide with the Ash Center’s current focus on innovations in public participation and political participation in non-democracies. Eligible applicants will be completing or will have just recently completed dissertations in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, political science, sociology, law, or history. The duration of the fellowship is two academic years.


Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000 annually and $2,500 per year for research during the fellowship. Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year begin in August 2015.

How to Apply

To submit an application for the 2016-2017 fellowship, please download the Democracy Fellow Application. Send the completed form, one or two relevant paper manuscripts or articles, and a current CV by October 1, 2015 to Juanne Zhao, Program Coordinator, Democratic Governance Program at the Ash Center ( with subject “Ash Center Democracy Fellowship."

Current Democracy Postdoctoral Fellows

Jason Anastasopoulos, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley - Using the methods of causal inference, computational social science and careful historical analysis, Anastasopoulos’ thesis assesses the extent to which latent forms of racial discrimination and gender influence three aspects of modern American political life: political polarization, immigration policy, and political participation.

Yanilda González, Ph.D. candidate, Princeton University - Investigating the adoption of “participatory security,” a type of police reform that establishes formal mechanisms for community participation in the local provision of security in Latin America. Focusing on an issue area that is a fundamental task of the state and highly consequential for citizens’ daily lives, her dissertation analyzes the causes and consequences of reforms that seek to build state capacity through the incorporation of citizens.

Democracy Fellows

Former Democracy Fellows Paolo Spada and Quinton Mayne (now Assistant Professor of Public Policy) with Rajawali Fellow Prathima Manohar