Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a foreign student. Will Northwestern provide a visa?

A: International scholars are eligible to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship. For more information, see the Northwestern University International Office.

Q: I plan to do field research away from the Chicago area. Will that be a problem?

A: Postdocs are generally expected to be in residence and full participants in the scholarly community during the nine-month academic year (late September through mid-June), with the exception of the winter and spring breaks. Short trips to conduct research, attend conferences, give talks, etc., are normal and are typically scheduled so as not to conflict with teaching or other important responsibilities.


Q: I got my degree x years ago. Do I still qualify?

A: As stated above, you must have completed your Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) after September 1, 2012 in order to be eligible.


Q: If I am offered a postdoc, may I defer for a year or postpone the start date?

A: No postponements or deferrals are permitted.


Q: I received my Ph.D from Northwestern. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Northwestern Ph.D.’s are eligible to apply but will be given a lower priority in our consideration.