Postdoctoral Fellowship, "State and Democracy in Modern India, University of Goettingen, Germany

The Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is currently inviting applications for a


Postdoctoral Fellow in State and Democracy in Modern India


The position will start on 1 April 2012 or thereafter. We offer a three-year fixed-term contract, with the possibility for renewal contingent upon the availability of funding.


In addition to pursuing a postdoctoral research project, the fellow will assist in the design and organization of international conferences on state and democracy in modern India, and in the teaching of politics courses at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies. The scholar will be based at the University of Göttingen in Germany.


Applicants must have a PhD in Political Science or in allied fields including History, Anthropology, Sociology and Media Studies.


Applications from scholars representing all subfields in the study of Indian politics are welcome; preference will be given to candidates whose research and writing addresses one or more of the following topics: economic liberalization/capitalist transformation and democratic politics; media and politics; middle class politics; social movements, civil society and political society; postcolonial nationalism; postcolonial state formation and transformation. Candidates with comparative and historical interests are particularly encouraged to apply.


Applicants from all countries are encouraged. English proficiency is expected; German proficiency is an asset.


The position will provide the following benefits:

  • The monthly gross salary for the postdoctoral position (salary scale TV-L E13) will range from € 3,150 – 3,700, commensurate with the applicant’s experience.


For more information on CeMIS and the State and Democracy Research Group visit the website at the University of Göttingen:


Contact: Prof. Srirupa Roy (email to: Susanne Bünte,


A complete application will consist of a letter of application, a CV, a writing sample, a 1000-word proposal for a postdoctoral research project, and three letters of reference. Materials should preferably be sent by email to no later than the 15th of October 2011. All information given will be handled confidentially and deleted after a period of five months.


The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

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