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Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

TCU is pleased to offer a postdoctoral fellowship committed to enhancing our strong teacher-scholar model, which emphasizes the creation and dissemination of knowledge in equal measure. This fellowship, which may last up to two years, is designed to promote diversity and support stellar scholars who are committed to research, teaching and service.

This term, the fellowship is seeking individuals with research/creative activity and pedagogical experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Black Studies (African American literatures, Africana literatures, and/or Cultural Rhetorics)

Apply to the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

“At TCU, our commitment to diversity and inclusion drives us to connect with scholars who are dedicated to creating and promoting change inside and outside the classroom by providing diverse perspectives. We are excited to improve our community by offering this fellowship to help strengthen and advance TCU’s academic profile by actively seeking candidates who promote diversity in the academy through their life experiences. It is my hope that through this fellowship we can continue our efforts towards building an even more diverse intellectual community.”

-Chancellor Victor J. Boschini. Jr.


Starting salaries begin at approximately $50,000, depending on the field of study and level of experience, plus a generous benefits package including access to medical, vision, dental, and life insurance. This award also includes up to $5,000 for research‐related and program travel expenses. Each award is for 12 months and may be renewable for only one additional year upon demonstration of academic productivity. The position will begin Fall 2020.

The Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow has the unique opportunity to receive:

  • Mentorship from a senior professor and college leadership
  • Training and development in the areas of research and pedagogy
  • Professional development preparing the fellow for a full-time faculty position at an academic institution
  • Networking and connection-building with University administration
  • Opportunities to engage and participate as an active member of the TCU community
  • Candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the U.S. higher education system are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The selection committee will consider all factors that enhance a candidate’s ability to contribute to diversity in the academy, including varied socioeconomic and cultural experiences, diversity-related research and/or creative activity, teaching goals emphasizing diversity and first-generation college graduates. Candidates meeting these criteria should highlight these experiences in the diversity statement.
  • Fellowship applicants must be eligible and authorized to work in the US without an employer-sponsored VISA.
  • Earned a PhD in English, Rhetoric & Composition, African American Studies, or related field from an accredited institution within the past five years and no later than July 1, 2020.
  • Have experience in and a demonstrated commitment to research/creative activity and teaching.

The TCU Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to:

  1. Teach a minimum of one class during each semester of the fellowship. Additional duties, which might include tutoring or other types of instructional support, will be assigned in a manner befitting the fellow’s area(s) of expertise
  2. Focus on research/creative activity
  3. Meet regularly with assigned faculty mentors
  4. Participate in professional development opportunities
  5. Connect and collaborate across the college and institution when deemed appropriate.

Those interested in the fellowship must provide the following:

  • A one-page document with name, mailing address, telephone numbers, e-mail address and the title of the research and/or creative activity project, including a 250-word abstract of the proposed research project.
  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in doing postdoctoral work specifically at TCU and relevant personal and professional background and interests.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A proposal describing the research that the applicant would like to pursue during the fellowship (five-page limit, double-spaced).
  • A statement sharing how your experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion can help to advance TCU’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community (1-3 pages).
    • The three confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service to and include the applicant’s name in the subject line.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should reflect the candidate’s ability to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Any accommodations required.
  • All application materials should be submitted by January 15, 2020.

Finalists may be asked to submit additional materials. Only electronic materials will be accepted. Application review will begin in February 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Dr. Whitnee Boyd at or 817-257-4158.