Postdoctoral Fellow, Strategy and Policy Department

The U.S. Naval War College. The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise and eventually serve as senior leaders and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds. More information on the college can be found at

Strategy & Policy Department. The Strategy & Policy Department is renowned for its use of a multi-disciplinary case study approach to integrate history, strategic theory, political science, economics, and security studies to critically analyze historical and contemporary conflicts. The Strategy and War course challenges students to grapple with the complex interrelationship of policy aims, strategy, and military operations. Additional details regarding the Naval War College and the Strategy and Policy Department curriculum can be obtained by visiting the Naval War College website at:

Responsibilities. The post-doctoral fellowship is a one-year appointment in the Strategy & Policy Department renewable for a second year. The position’s teaching requirement is two sections of the Strategy & War course, which is currently taught in the fall trimester from August to November (overall 2-0-0 load). Sections in the course average 12 students who are mid-career officers and civilian government employees. Sections are team-taught by a civilian academic and a military faculty member. In the other terms, Fellows are expected to work on their own research and participate in the intellectual life of the department and college. Anticipated starting date is late June/early July 2024.

Qualifications. Qualified candidates must have a recent Ph.D. or have defended their dissertation at the time of appointment. A doctorate in Diplomatic or International History, War Studies, Naval/ Maritime History, Military History, International Relations, Political Science, International Security Affairs, Political Economy, Regional Studies, or a related field is highly desired. This appointment is contingent upon receiving documented successful dissertation defense before 30 June 2024. The university transcript showing the award of the Ph.D. should be provided to the NWC as soon as it is available. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a secret security clearance.

Salary Considerations. Salary is $71,384 from the current Navy Faculty Pay Schedule. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be eligible to apply for funding from NWC related sources for activities such as conference travel and research support. This compensation package is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits.

Application Procedures. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-24-02 and forward their material as one application package via email to: The package should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a research proposal, writing sample (no more than 50 pages in length), three references (may overlap with letter writers), and up to three teaching evaluations (where applicable). Applications must be received by 11:59 pm (EST), 31 January 2024.

Signed letters of recommendation can be sent independently of the application package and should be sent via email to (preferred method) or be mailed via post to:

Department of Strategy & Policy
U.S. Naval War College
686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1207
ATTN: Laura Cavallaro

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Marybeth P. Ulrich, Strategy and Policy Department at:

NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and supporting documents required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.