The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is seeking postdoctoral fellows in the humanities and social sciences to join a dynamic and multidisciplinary academic culture. The fellowships are co-administered by the United States Studies Centre and the American Australian Association.

About us

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is a university-based research centre, dedicated to the rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture. The Centre is a national resource, that builds Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping America — and critically — their implications for Australia.

The mission of the United States Studies Centre is to make discoveries and draw insights with tangible value for Australian policymakers, businesses, scholars, students and the general public, generated by independent, non-partisan, rigorous research, delivered through communication, teaching and outreach. The strategic goal of the USSC is to provide analysis of America, insight for Australia and solutions for the Alliance.

The American Australian Association is the largest privately funded non-profit organisation dedicated to broadening, strengthening and developing ties across the Pacific. For 75 years, our programs have connected our two cultures, guided our people and provided new opportunities for a diverse network of trailblazers. The Association’s scholarships and exchanges champion progress, creativity and expression, providing opportunities to young American and Australian leaders to undertake transformational study, research and professional or artistic development in each other’s country. To date, the AAA has awarded more than US$15 million to over 1000 graduates, veterans and artists.

About you

The United States Studies Centre is inviting early-career researchers to apply to a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supported by the American Australian Association and the United States Studies Centre. Candidates must have successfully completed their doctoral dissertation and be fewer than five years from the date of PhD conferral at the time of application. The Fellowships are open to scholars working in the humanities and social sciences broadly construed, but applicants must have a research strength that aids the purpose and mission of the USSC.

Successful applicants will be provided an office in the Darlington campus of the University of Sydney, mentorship from a senior scholar in US Studies, as well as a four-month research stipend of $40,000 USD. Fellows will have an opportunity to present research to their peers and collaborate in relevant teaching and research projects at the USSC.


Applications must be submitted via the American Australian Association’s website.

To apply, please tender the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • 1200-word research proposal (indicating your objectives for the fellowship)
  • Graduate school transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Budget

The terms of the Fellowship will extend from 1 March 2024 to 1 July 2024.

Applications are due September 30.


  • Applicants must be an American citizen or permanent resident (dual citizens/residents are not eligible);
  • Applicants must be conducting research or studying within the fields supported;
  • Applicants must be at the postdoctoral research level;
  • Applicant will be responsible for securing the relevant visa to enter Australia and for taking out travel insurance.

For all postdoctoral fellowship enquiries, please email