A Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associate Program was initiated to assist scholars who are dedicated to American Indian Studies / Indigenous Studies and are committed to University teaching and research. This research associate 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 Research Associates are available annually with the American Indian Studies Program. The appointment period is for one year from August 16, 2024 to August 15, 2025.


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. Research Associates may not hold other fellowship awards at the same time they are receiving a postdoctoral fellowship. While the research associate will concentrate on their research, they will be required to teach one course in the American Indian Studies Program.


Candidates should address a letter of application to Deena Rymhs, Acting 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 scholarly writing, and contact information for three professional references. The review process will continue until the fellowship is filled. For further information, contact Deena Rymhs (

Applications for 2024-2025 research associates are due December 18, 2023.

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(revised March 1, 2010)

View a list of former Postdoctoral Fellows.