Appointment Status:  Non-Tenure Track

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research invites applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (formerly Hartford Seminary). These appointments are for two years, with the possibility of an extension.  The start date is as soon as possible or June 1, 2022. We seek applications from scholars whose research addresses issues at the intersection of religion and congregational research. We are looking for persons who are adept in both quantitative and qualitative skills, and hope to hire two postdocs with one specializing in each research approach. These positions are part of an on-going national study of congregational life and the impact of the Pandemic on churches entitled Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations: Innovation Amidst and Beyond COVID-19 (EPIC):

Applicants should be scholars of the social scientific study of religion or religious studies.  However, scholars whose interests are in other disciplines such as cultural studies with a focus on race, class or gender in the United States are also encouraged to apply. Having experience with religious congregations is essential.

Post-Doctoral Fellows will be expected to conduct fieldwork, to know ethnographic methods, to be proficient in both office and research software (either quantitative or qualitative), to be able to analyze survey data, to stay abreast of current literature, and to function as part of a working research team with five research staff and a large number of national researchers, scholars and graduate assistants. Fellows will also be encouraged to pursue their own research interests within the bounds of the project and to create their own written products for publication or presentation at professional conferences. Fellows may have an opportunity to teach one course per academic year at Hartford International University if they desire.

Applications received by April 15, 2022 will be given full consideration; however, the search will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

Basic Qualifications: Should have received the Ph.D. within the last 5 years in a social science or humanities field with interests in congregations or other religious organizations. We will accept applications from ABD students with expected graduation date during 2022. Experience in both ethnographic methods or quantitative analysis accepted. Must be able to work with diverse constituencies, be able to conduct research on-site at various congregations, demonstrate statistical analysis proficiency, and be able to communicate well both orally and in writing. The successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to work both independently and with teams of researchers on a time-sensitive project.

Questions concerning the position should be addressed to Dr. Scott Thumma (

Compensation and benefits:

Salary: $50,000 annually. Relocation funds, medical benefits and a housing stipend of $1,200 per month are included.

How to apply:

A complete application includes a cover letter outlining relevant education and training experience, an abbreviated CV, and names and contact information for three references.  Please send your application materials to Dr. Scott Thumma ( Applications received by 4/15/2022 will receive full consideration.