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The Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships at Williams College promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging graduate students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and pursue careers in college teaching. These fellowships are two-year residencies at Williams. Fellows devote the bulk of the first year to the completion of dissertation work while also teaching one course as a faculty member. The second year of residency (ideally with degree in hand) is spent on academic career development while again teaching just one course.

Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. The Department of Economics ( is dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research, and currently has 26 tenured or tenure-track faculty members. In addition to our undergraduate program, we operate and staff the Center for Development Economics (, which offers an MA in Policy Economics. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

Contact: We are happy to answer questions about this Fellowship. Please contact Jon Bakija, Chair, Department of Economics, at

Eligibility: The Bolin Fellowships are awarded to applicants from groups underrepresented in academia and/or in a particular field of scholarship, who show exceptional promise as scholars, who have an interest in and capacity for teaching students from groups that have been underrepresented in higher education, and who are pursuing a career in higher education in the United States. Eligible applicants include all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program; Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; asylees; and refugees. Ph.D. candidates must have completed all doctoral work except the dissertation by the end of the current academic year.

Terms: The annual stipend for the position is $57,000. The College will also provide health and dental benefits, relocation and housing assistance, academic support including office space and a computer, and an annual allowance of $4,000 for research-related expenses.

Candidates should apply via Interfolio ( after September 1, 2023 and before 11:59 p.m. on November 14, 2023 with: a cover letter with a description of your research and teaching interests; this letter should also explain how you will advance the goals of the fellowship in furthering diversity in U.S. higher education; a full curriculum vitae; two confidential letters of recommendation; a writing sample (e.g. a research paper or a dissertation prospectus) and a timetable for completion of the degree. Reference letters should be submitted through Interfolio.

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