JOB OPENING: Graduate Fellowship, Sawyer Seminar on Just Policing

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on “Just Policing: Transnational Perspectives on the Definition and Possibility of Justice in Law Enforcement,” housed at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Minnesota, invites applications for two graduate fellows during the 2024-25 Academic Year.

Priority Deadline: March 1, 2024

Successful candidates must be enrolled as a graduate or professional school student at the University of Minnesota as of Fall 2024. They may be from any department at the University and will have a research agenda that is concerned with policing and/or carcerality, broadly conceived. Your letter of application should describe your research as it resonates with the seminar description and detail your interest in work that is interdisciplinary and/or addresses multiple audiences. Applicants should articulate what the fellowship would contribute to their work, as well as what how their interests will contribute to the intellectual work of the seminar.


Duties will include:

  • Participating in Sawyer Seminar and IAS Fellow activities.
  • Contributing to seminar activities, including the organization and execution of the seminar.
  • Engaging with seminar participants and visiting scholars.
  • Conducting your own research and writing as proposed.



  • Currently enrolled graduate or professional school student at the University of Minnesota who will have completed all coursework by Fall 2024.
  • Ability to be in residence on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota for the period of the fellowship. The fellows are expected to attend in-person meetings and events at the IAS several times a week.
  • Have a research project concerned with policing and/or carcerality that the fellow will spend the majority of their time advancing in AY2024-25.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills.



This fellowship includes $25,000 plus full graduate tuition and health coverage. It runs August 24, 2024 - May 25, 2025. (Health care coverage for the summer of 2025 is included, assuming that the fellow remains eligible.)


Application Instructions

Applications will be submitted via InfoReady—please log in using your University of Minnesota credentials. You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter discussing your background in policing or carceral studies and interests in engaging with the seminar
  • A research proposal describing what you would do during the fellowship year and how it articulates with the Sawyer Seminar description; this should include a statement of the problem you will investigate, the methods you will use to investigate it, and the significance of your research (1,400 words maximum).
  • Complete CV
  • University of Minnesota Transcript(s)
  • Writing sample: One published article or book chapter, or a work in progress

You will also be asked to provide the email address for a letter of reference. Your letter writer will be contacted directly via InfoReady to upload the letter.

Applications received before March 1, 2024 will receive priority consideration. Notification is in early spring.


Please direct questions about the Sawyer Seminar or the position to [email protected]; for questions about the application process, contact Susannah Smith, Managing Director, Institute for Advanced Study, at [email protected].



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