2019-2020 Mansueto Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Application

Open Call for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Urban Science and Practice

at the University of Chicago


The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation invites applications for Institute Postdoctoral Fellows for appointments starting on or after September 1, 2019.

We are particularly interested in individuals committed to building a deep scientific understanding of cities and processes of urbanization, and researchers developing transformative methods and practices in urban contexts.

Fellowships at the Mansueto Institute are especially tailored to provide exceptional emergent scholars and practitioners with a unique nurturing environment that includes advanced technical training and provides a platform for problem-based interdisciplinary research. We search for approaches strongly grounded in theory and novel methods and data, rigorous comparative analysis of urban phenomena across space and time, and the analysis and theory development of the fundamental processes that create and sustain cities.


Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships are full-time appointments typically for two years, with possible annual extensions by common agreement. Positions are structured between the Mansueto Institute and one of the University of Chicago’s Departments or Schools. Appointments require commitment and supervision by a Faculty member and their academic unit at the University. Candidates are encouraged but not required to contact appropriate faculty in advance of their application.

Fellow’s salary and benefits costs are shared between the Mansueto Institute and the Fellow’s home department.

Fellowship Benefits and Expectations 

Mansueto Institute Fellows will enjoy:

  • the freedom to pursue their own original research and projects;
  • a discretionary budget for research expenses and relocation costs;
  • interdisciplinary career development, mentorship and support;
  • resources for organizing and hosting an annual working group on a theme of special strategic interest and potential in urban science and/or practice.

As part of their professional development, fellows are expected to:

  • Actively interact and collaborate with other researchers, faculty and students at the University and beyond, preferably in multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Giving two public talks, lectures, or performances on campus in the course of the academic year;

Currently, full-time fellows will receive a yearly salary of $65,000/year, with benefits but less any deductions required by federal, state or University regulations.

Selection Criteria

Postdoctoral Fellowships are traditional academic appointments housed in the Institute as well as a Department or School of the university.  These Fellowships require that applicants hold a PhD by the fellowship’s start date.

To apply, applicants should submit the following materials:

  • a cover letter specifying their specific interest in the Institute’s mission and type of fellowship;
  • a 1-page research statement, specifying their intended work at the Institute and how it is expected to advance urban science and/or practice;
  • an up-to-date c.v., including links to current work and projects;
  • 3 letters of reference.

Fellows applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships are encourage to seek a letter of support from a UChicago faculty member.

All recommendation letters and application materials must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Please submit all application materials, as well as any questions to: urban@uchicago.edu.


About the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation  

The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation is based on an integrated and systemic approach to understanding cities and urbanization. The Institute brings together researchers from multiple disciplines to generate new integrated generalizable knowledge of the fundamental processes that create and sustain cities and drive processes of sustainable urban development.

Our work is strongly grounded in partnerships in cities all over the world, starting at home in Chicago. An area of special focus is the comparative analysis of cities across geographies, levels of development and time. We promote and convene networks of researchers and practitioners globally, who share a common commitment to creating deeper knowledge and better practices about processes of urbanization.

With a rigorous approach to theory, and by applying data and technology in novel and imaginative ways, the Mansueto Institute provides an essential, generative platform where researchers and scholars benefit from interdisciplinary advanced training and incubate multi-disciplinary research initiatives that aim to affect meaningful urban progress, at the local, national and global levels.

Explicit synergies between fellowship projects with existing initiatives is encouraged but not necessary.

Institute Fellowships come in two forms: Visiting Researchers and Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships are traditional academic appointments housed in the Institute as well as a Department or School of the university.  These Fellowships require that applicants hold a PhD by the fellowship’s start date.
  • Visiting Researchers do not have to hold a PhD but must have a demonstrated record of innovative practice and engagement.  These fellows include practitioners, artists, scientists, and non-traditional researchers who can make a meaningful contribution to the urban research and practice.

This open call is only for Postdoctoral Fellowships.


Application Deadlines and Consideration:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email ACO-Support@uchicago.edu with their request.

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