The Organization Studies area at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management offers two‐year post‐doctoral fellowships for qualified newly graduating Ph.D.s in organizational behavior, human resource management, or other closely related fields, covering topics such as employment relationships, human capital, compensation, ethics, negotiation, cross-cultural management, employee voice, power and status, and diversity.

Postdocs work with Owen faculty on new research projects, while making progress toward publication of their current work. To be eligible, candidates must complete the Ph.D. by July before starting the fellowship. The strongest candidates will be those whose interests align closely with Owen faculty, and where the postdoc and faculty member can foresee developing joint research projects. We encourage applicants to look in detail at Owen faculty research, and identify faculty with similar interests and ongoing research activity.

About the Fellowship

In additional to salary and benefits, postdocs receive an annual allowance for research/conference‐related travel and expenses. In addition, the school provides computers and IT support. During the period of the fellowship, postdocs are expected to be in residence, work with faculty on research projects, participate in research seminars in the school, and otherwise contribute to the research mission of the school. Teaching opportunities may be available for qualified individuals.

About Vanderbilt Business

The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University has an enrollment of over 550 full‐time students in its full‐time MBA, Health Care MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Masters of Accountancy, Masters of Marketing, and Masters of Management in Health Care programs. The school’s 50 full‐time faculty members are actively engaged in research, which is supported in part through the school’s four research centers. Owen enrolls students from all parts of the United States and 35 countries. Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University is an internationally recognized research university with student body of some 12,600 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and approximately 1,430 full-time faculty (excluding faculty employed by the VU Medical Center), of whom 52 have their primary appointment in the Owen School. The university is situated on a 330-acre campus located a mile and a half south of downtown Nashville.

Vanderbilt and the Owen School seek to attract an active, culturally and intellectually diverse faculty, staff, and student body. More information about Vanderbilt’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives is available at

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter explaining your background and interest in working with specific Owen faculty member(s), C.V., three letters of recommendation, and a sample research paper. Apply by February 1 to ensure consideration, although we will accept later applications if positions are available.

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For more information, contact Professor Bruce Barry.

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