Post-doctoral Fellowships in Violence Studies

Feb 01, 2019
Mar 18, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job summary

The Center for the Study of Violence at the of the University of São Paulo announces a selective process for 8 postdoctoral posts in the Institutional Research Program "Building Democracy in Daily Life: Human Rights, Violence and Institutional Trust", supported by FAPESP through the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers Program (CEPIDs).

Vacancies and scholarships will last for at least one year, with the possibility of renewal. The expected start is for May 2019.

The objective of the research program is to analyze how the legitimacy of key institutions for democracy is constructed or jeopardized, by exploring the contacts between citizens and civil servants from local public services in representative areas of the city of São Paulo.

The post-doctoral (PD) fellows, from areas in the human sciences such as sociology, political science, anthropology, social psychology, urban studies, law etc., are expected to lead theoretical and empirical research in the program, aside from other regular activities such as the organizing seminars, preparing papers, supervising undergraduate students, disseminating research results and cooperating with the educational projects. 

The Center for the Study of Violence at the University of São Paulo (NEV-USP) was created in 1987 as part of the context of Brazil's return to democracy. Since its foundation, NEV has analyzed various aspects of the complex relationships between persistent violence and violations of human rights during the process of redemocratization.

Topics studied by NEV include state violence, human rights, public security policies, criminal justice, exposure to violence, attitudes regarding human rights and rule of law, and the quality of democracy in Brazil.

The “Building Democracy Daily: Human Rights, Violence, and Institutional Trust” Program

The Program focuses on how laws, rules and procedures are implemented over time and how this relates to the legitimacy of key institutions for democracy. The proposal is to analyze how this legitimacy is built daily through contacts between citizens and authorities, and their implications for human rights and violence.

The program also involves education, knowledge transfer and dissemination projects. The proposals applied to this call should be directly related to the program and in dialogue with the literature employed. Access the executive summary of the program and the reports from the first five years of the research at the following link:

Only one proposal per candidate will be accepted, which should indicate a research theme that fits into the topics listed below. The detail of the content of each of the themes is attached at the end of this text.

Requirements for candidates

  1. Doctoral degree or equivalent (PhD), obtained in the last seven years, with experience in quantitative or qualitative methodologies, depending on the specificities of each area;
  2. Advanced level in English;
  3. Academic publications in the last five years, especially in peer-reviewed journals;
  4. Full-time dedication to the research (except under conditions determined in FAPESP resolution PR Nº13/2009, of July 15, 2009);
  5. Availability to work in person at the headquarters of NEV-USP in São Paulo;
  6. Not receive another fellowship, salary, or payment of any sort from other institutions (excepting conditions established by FAPESP resolution PR Nº13/2009, of July 15, 2009).


Application Documents

  1. Lattes CV or Curriculum Vitae, if a foreigner;
  2. MyResearcherID and/or MyCitation (Google Scholar);
  3. Research proposal containing:
    • Summary;
    • Research Questions;
    • Methodology;
    • Work Plan and Schedule
  4. Copy of two prominent publications (articles, books or book chapters); The proposals might be written in Portuguese, English or Spanish and are limited to 5 pages.


Contact and application deadline

To apply, candidates should send the documents by email ( with the subject heading "NEV-PD 2019" between January 29 and March 18, 2019.

Selection process

Candidates will be selected in two phases. The first phase will consist of an evaluation of the candidate's CV, the publications, and the research proposal. This first phase is eliminatory. The second phase will consist of an interview (face-to-face or by videoconference) with the Selection Committee. The list of candidates selected for 10 the second phase and the schedule of interviews will be posted on the NEV-USP website by March 25, 2019.

The postdoctoral program

The FAPESP Postdoctoral fellowship includes monthly remuneration, currently in the amount of BRL 7,373.10, and Research Contingency Funds equal to 15% of the annual value of the grant. The use of the Research Contingency Funds is regulated by FAPESP. For more information access

The fellowship also includes financial support for researchers who need to move to São Paulo. If necessary, this support may be required at the end of the selection process. For more details on the postdoctoral fellowship, visit: