Finding Post-Docs

Post-doc is short for post-doctoral, iow, after you finish your dissertation (although sometimes they accept ABD, all-but-dissertation, students — read each one’s guidelines to be sure). The post-doc gives you a chance to finish up or put your research to practice in a year or two (or sometimes three) before you go on the market for a full-time, tenure-track job. Usually, it’s a chance for you to turn your dissertation into a book, publish some articles from your diss, and/or complete research at an archive to turn your diss into a book in the years following your graduate degree. Often you are required to teach during this time. Rules are individual to the fellowships, so here, we’ve listed some of the post-docs we are familiar with, that are relevant to English studies, and that repeat from year to year.

Duke University’s Thomson Writing Program Fellows

Georgia Tech’s Brittain Fellows

Berkeley’s list of postdocs in the humanities

Harry Ransom Center fellowships (UT-Austin)

Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas – UT-Austin. (I swear I’m not making that center’s name up! It’s for post-diss work, if your diss was about a “great book”.)

ISIS database (must be accessed from a university IP address)

Update: Here’s the National Postdoctoral Association website, with information on core competencies that students should get from postdoc experiences.