Postdoctoral Program

A Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was initiated to assist scholars who are dedicated to American Indian Studies and are committed to University teaching and research. This fellowship program annually provides two stipends, association with program faculty, and access to the library's vast collections. The University of Illinois Library holds nearly 10 million volumes and ranks third among academic libraries in North America and first among public libraries in the world.


Postdoctoral fellowships are available annually with the American Indian Studies Program. The fellowship appointment period is for one year from August 16, 2019 to August 15, 2020; deadline to apply -- December 1, 2018.


An applicant must demonstrate promise for a tenure track appointment at a research college or university. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed their doctorate or appropriate terminal degree within the past five years.


Recipients of these fellowships must be in residence full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus for the duration of the award period. Fellows may not hold other fellowship awards at the same time they are receiving a postdoctoral fellowship. While the fellow will concentrate on their research, they will be required to teach one course in the American Indian Studies Program.


Apply and upload your application materials:

Candidates should address a letter of application to Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Director of American Indian Studies, providing a thorough description of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship year, curriculum vitae, two samples of their scholarly writing, and two letters of recommendation. Applications received by December 1, 2018 will receive full consideration. The review process will continue until the fellowship is filled. For further information, contact the chair of the search committee, Jenny Davis (

If you have further questions, please contact:

American Indian Studies
1204 W. Nevada Street, MC-138
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois 61801

(revised March 1, 2010)

View the 2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship announcement.

View a list of former Postdoctoral Fellows.