Post-doctoral fellowship opportunity in public diplomacy

One of our partners, the African Centre for the Study of the United States, is pleased to announce a post-doctoral fellowship position in Public Diplomacy starting April 2020. The fellowship comes with a stipend and includes office space and facilities as well as health benefits.

The Fellow will be selected on the basis of an innovative proposal for research, engagement and contribution to the Centre’s Public Diplomacy agenda. The applicant is expected to produce research output that advances emerging scholarship on the relations between Africa and the US.

The applicant will benefit not only from the facilities that the University of the Witwatersrand provides including a furnished office, access to excellent physical and online libraries and networks within and outside of campus. The Fellow will work under the guidance of the Centre’s director and a public diplomacy expert.

Fields of interest

Media and diplomacy/foreign policy/international relations; Cultural and Arts Diplomacy; Digital and Social Media diplomacy; Diaspora and Migration Diplomacy; Educational Diplomacy; Exchange, People-to-People and Citizen Diplomacy; State and Non-State Public Diplomacy; City Diplomacy; Place and National Branding; Comparative Public Diplomacy; Soft Power, Smart Power and Sharp Power; Crisis and Humanitarian Diplomacy; Corporate and Business Diplomacy; the Future of Public Diplomacy


The successful Fellow will be a PhD holder who would have graduated no more than 5 years by April 2020. Applicants who do not have a PhD degree at hand may provide a letter from the relevant officer from their university indicating expected graduation. A publication record in scholarly publications will be considered although this will not be a mandatory requirement. Preference will be given to a South African or southern African national with a PhD in the following public diplomacy, broadly define.

To apply

Send a proposal of no more than 1,500 words along with a curriculum vitae to

Applicants will be notified as soon as the recruitment process is concluded.