Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship

March 2024 Update: We are now accepting new applications for 2024-2025; please submit as soon as possible to be considered in our process.

Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship in Social Justice:

The Social Justice Institute (SJI) at Case Western Reserve University is inviting applications for a postdoctoral scholar fellowship in social justice. 

The position is a two-year grant funded postdoctoral scholar fellowship under the direction of Professor Ayesha Bell Hardaway, effective Fall 2024. Candidates must have strong capabilities collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data in order to develop user-friendly, community-accessible research databases.

This fellowship will focus on developing the next generation of social justice leaders and will emphasize evidence-based research, mentoring, and community building.

Fellows will actively participate in dissemination of institute research and evaluation findings, possibly including: the production of briefs, policy statements, training protocols, webinars, and in high-quality peer-reviewed outlets. Additional responsibilities may include data management, grant writing, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Fellows will be required to teach SJUS 100: Introduction to Social Justice. The successful candidate will work with SJI Leadership to identify a CWRU faculty member who they can work with to further their research and teaching interests. This may also include teaching an elective topics course. 


Applicants should either 1) be working toward a doctoral degree that will be conferred by the anticipated position start date or 2) hold a PhD or equivalent (such as a JD) in a field related to social justice such as sociology, law, social work, or public health. Applicants’ PhD or equivalent should have been conferred within the last five years. Applicants should have experience working with mixed-method analysis, multidisciplinary research, and community engaged research.

The successful candidate will have the capacity to establish and maintain research partnerships with community stakeholders; must be self-motivated and adaptive to pivots in research needs; will be able to work with minimal supervision; and must communicate respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following in PDF format, to

  • a cover sheet with contact and biographical information,
  • a statement of interest encompassing qualifications and research interests,
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae,
  • three professional references (one of which should be the applicant’s dissertation advisor, if applicable), and
  • a publication or writing sample.

Applications will be accepted immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The anticipated appointment starting date is September 1, 2024, with funding guaranteed for a term of one year with opportunity for renewal of the position for an additional year. Though possible, further employment is not guaranteed. Finalists may be asked to travel to CWRU for in-person interviews. Travel may be partially or fully subsidized.


The salary and benefits for this position are consistent with Case Western Reserve University’s salary structure as consistent with the current NIH National Research Service Award scale. Further benefits include membership(s) in relevant professional societies and applicable license fees, travel and attendance to one to two professional conferences for dissemination of project findings, and attendance at professional development workshops as appropriate. As appropriate and consistent with university policy and the fellows’ interests and training needs, they may also be eligible to take advanced doctoral level courses in arts and sciences, psychology, public health, etc.

About the Social Justice Institute:

The Social Justice Institute strives to create a just world. For over a decade, we have examined the root causes of social injustice and developed innovative solutions by supporting creative research, scholarship, and pedagogy; social justice leaders on and off campus; and relationships within the university and into the community. We work to eradicate all systems of oppression by redistributing and expanding resources and opportunities while exalting human dignity. Our work is supported by a leadership team of ten individuals who bring the expertise of multiple disciplines within CWRU as well as the broader community. 

Equal Opportunity and Diversity:

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.