Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Oxfam-Sié Center Project - Josef Korbel School of International Studies

The Sié Chéou-Kang Center at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Oxfam America are seeking qualified candidates for an innovative post-doctoral scholar program. The goal of this position is to contribute to the mission of both organizations through collaborative research on policy-relevant questions related to humanitarian crises and humanitarian assistance.  In addition, this position will serve as a bridge between the two organizations and will have the opportunity to develop an Oxfam-Sié Center collaborative project. 


We will accept applications from candidates who specialize in peace, security, and humanitarian action. We are particularly interested in applicants who study local humanitarian leadership, or localization (i.e., leadership in humanitarian emergencies by local actors—local and national NGOs and government entities, which will require a transformation of the current global humanitarian system).


The Fellowship will begin September 1, 2019. The fellowship will extend for a one-year term, with the individual’s time spent at both Oxfam America (in Boston and/or Washington, DC) and the Sié Center at the University of Denver.   


The Sié Center is a center of excellence within the Josef Korbel School that leads research, education and policy programs focused on global peace and security. Eight faculty, visiting and post-doctoral scholars, and over 30 Korbel MA and PhD students contribute to the Center’s activities. While at the Sié Center, post-doctoral fellows have opportunities to work with Center faculty and graduate students, engage with relevant policy practitioners, and receive clerical and research/travel support sufficient to allow the completion of a major research product. Fellows will be expected to attend and contribute to a seminar series and engage with other program initiatives including conferences, commentary, and publications.  

Oxfam America is part of an international confederation of 20 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.


Essential Functions

  • Conduct independent and collaborative research, with a focus on policy-relevant empirical research in the humanitarian space generally, and on local humanitarian leadership in particular
  • With organizational partners, develop a joint Oxfam- Sié Center collaborative project (workshop or other set of activities that will increase cooperation between the organizations and promote joint interests)
  • Working with Sié faculty and Oxfam staff on additional research projects as consistent with his/her interests and expertise
  • Participate in events and workshops hosted by Oxfam and the Sié Center
  • Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic audiences as well as Oxfam staff focused on research, policy/advocacy, and programs.


Required Qualifications

  • Substantial progress toward a PhD in Political Science or other relevant discipline
    • Applicants should complete all requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2019 and be no more than 2 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2017)
  • Policy-relevant research agenda related to humanitarian crises and humanitarian assistance
  • Familiarity with the global humanitarian system and the movement toward local humanitarian leadership


Application Deadline

The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $50,000, an additional stipend to cover costs associated with travel between the two host institutions, and access to additional funding for research support, professional development, and work-related travel, and a comprehensive benefits package. For administrative purposes, the selected candidate will be an employee of the University of Denver. 

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 11, 2019.

Decisions will be announced in April 2019


Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. 


Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. C.V.
  3. Writing sample
  4. Two letters of recommendation send directly to 


NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.


The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.


All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.