Skip to main content

Become a Keyman Scholar

The Keyman Program offers postdoctoral fellowships as well as visiting professor and visiting scholar programs.

Our visiting scholar program welcomes both young and established scholars and is open to all (US and non-US residents) who have secured independent funding, to teach and pursue research at Northwestern during the academic year, with faculty performing research while on sabbatical from their home institution. Interested applicants should send a CV and a research statement to

Requirements and Procedures

For information on application procedures and requirements for prospective visiting scholars, visit the Buffett Institute for Global Studies visiting scholar informational page


The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of Turkey and its diasporas in a global or a comparative perspective. We welcome and encourage applications from early career scholars whose work focuses on nondominant and underrepresented groups including religious, ethnic, and LBGTQ minorities and otherwise marginalized groups. Scholars in all branches of the Social Sciences and Humanities may apply. The Keyman Fellow will be associated with the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and the academic department in their discipline. 

The term of the fellowship will run from September 1, 2024, to June 30, 2026. The second year of the fellowship is subject to review of the fellow’s first-year performance by the University Office of Research and the fellow’s home department. Fellows are expected to teach one course during the Fall quarter of their second year with approval from the Dean’s office.

The fellow is expected to be in residence in Evanston for the duration of their appointment and be an active member of the university’s intellectual community. They will devote their time to research and writing and participating in academic events at Northwestern Buffett and their home department. During the spring term of their first year, they will present their work in a format they choose in consultation with their home department. They may choose to deliver another talk during the second year of their residence. They will write a report detailing the progress and achievements of their project a month prior to the conclusion of their appointment. 

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. The salary will be $ 60,000 for the academic year. The Keyman Program will offer up to $ 1,500 in moving costs. The fellow may also apply for reimbursement up to $ 2,000 per year for research-related activities such as presenting a paper at a conference or the purchase of books. The fellow will be responsible for finding and paying for housing in Evanston. They will be provided office space at the Buffett Institute and have full access to the University’s library and computing resources. 



Applicants must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree by February 1, 2024. Candidates who received their Ph.D. before September 2020 are not eligible to apply. They may not hold another scholarship, visiting or employment position during their fellowship. The fellowship cannot be deferred. 



The Deadline for applications is January 29, 2024. Review will begin immediately. Candidates are invited to contact with any questions or concerns. To apply, please submit the following documents to our application portal:


  • Cover Letter (maximum 600 words) with title and summary of proposed project.
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications.
  • Research proposal (maximum 2000 words) including a detailed description of the project, goals, timetable, bibliography, and how much of the work has already been done.
  • An abstract of one writing sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample may be published or unpublished.
  • A sample syllabus for an undergraduate course you would teach. Please include a course description in addition to a reading schedule.
  • Graduate Transcript: A transcript from your doctoral degree-granting institution. If your doctoral program did not include formal graded classes, submit a statement to that effect instead.
  • Names of two referees and their email addresses

With the exception of official transcripts, all documents must be in English.