Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), in collaboration with Chapin Hall, an independent policy research center affiliated with the University of Chicago, seeks candidates for the Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program is aimed at strengthening the intellectual and research qualifications of outstanding scholars interested in applied research careers focusing on child, youth, and family well-being.

The successful candidate will have a relevant background and particularly benefit from opportunities to pursue research in one or more of the following areas: runaway and homeless youth, capacity building for private human service agencies, evidence-based practices and continuous quality improvement in child welfare, supports for low income families in achieving self-sufficiency, and older youth in foster care.

The selected candidate will receive advanced research training through participation on SSA and Chapin Hall research projects and in other learning opportunities at the University of Chicago and aligned with one of the aforementioned areas of research; time and resources to explore and develop independent research ideas; and mentoring by nationally recognized researchers in the field.

This is an in-residence, two-year term appointment. The Fellow will hold the status of postdoctoral fellow at the rank of Instructor (no teaching required). 


Ph.D. in public policy, social work, economics, human development, education policy, statistics, epidemiology or related discipline. A minimum of three years of research experience (dissertation-related research is acceptable) and experience conducting empirical research in the context of child, youth, or family policy strongly preferred. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a potential for success in publishing and obtaining research grants.

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration builds upon a legacy of more than a century of scholarship, education and leadership in social work and social welfare, mixing a distinctive interdisciplinary tradition with applied problem solving to foster innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing social problems.

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is a nationally recognized independent policy research center that provides public and private decision-makers with rigorous data analysis and achievable solutions to support them in improving the lives of the most vulnerable children, youth and families. For more information about Chapin Hall, please click here.

Required Application Materials

  • A cover letter briefly summarizing your main research interests as well as their relevance with one of the aforementioned areas of research, as well as its expected relationship to policies or programs that impact children, youth, and families (should not exceed 300 words).
  • Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed 6 pages) including the names and contact information for two references.
  • Personal Statement (5-6 pages, 1.5 line spacing, 1.25 margins, references included) outlining:
  1. Completed research (including dissertation);
  2. Work in progress;
  3. Proposed research to be conducted while in the Fellowship, and expected impact of the research on policies and programs; and
  4. Research plans and goals beyond the program.
  • Scholarly writing sample (not to exceed 30 pages).
  • Letter of recommendation from academic mentor (should be addressed to the Selection Committee and be sent by the mentor directly to RichmanPostdoc@uchicago.edu).

Please note: The two references named by applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to submit a written recommendation.

For more information on this position please contact: RichmanPostdoc@uchicago.edu

For answers to frequently asked questions about the program please visit this page.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled /Veterans Employer.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773.702.5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request.