For the 2021-2022 year, NCID’s Anti-Racism Collaborative will partner with the Stepping uP Against Racism and Xenophobia (SPARX) Project to offer a unique postdoctoral fellowship opportunity. SPARX is a new and exciting global network of scholars committed to a) integrating and expanding the existing empirical and theoretical evidence base to explain how children and adolescents learn to recognize, respond to, and resist interpersonal and structural racism as well as xenophobia and b) distilling and communicating existing knowledge on these processes in ways that engage and promote uptake and translation by practitioners, parents, and policymakers. 

The fellow will work closely with a group of developmental scientists to design, launch, and evaluate a public clearinghouse of knowledge regarding racism and xenophobia in childhood and adolescence. The fellow will work with U-M co-leads Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake, professor of psychology and education and Dr. Enrique Neblett, professor of health behavior and health education, but will have ample opportunities to work with scholars in other disciplines and at other universities inside and outside the US to publish (both collaboratively and as lead author); receive mentorship in the conduct of complex and multidisciplinary research; and translate findings to parents, educators, and community-based organizations in an actionable and timely manner.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for renewal for a second year.


The salary for the postdoctoral fellows is $55,000 per year plus benefits. Fellows will receive additional support for conference travel and other research-related expenses.


Applicants must have a PhD in human development, psychology, public health, education, sociology, or a closely related discipline by time of appointment. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to work independently and contribute to a collaborative team environment. 

Applicants’ doctoral or comparable terminal degrees should be completed between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2021.

Application Materials

The application for the SPARX/NCID Fellowship will require the submission of:

  • Cover letter and CV;
  • One publication that best exemplifies your experience in the area of racism/xenophobia in youth
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please submit materials online by Friday, May 28, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

Contact Information

The NCID Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. For any questions relating to recruitment, eligibility, technical issues, or program details, please contact:

For specific questions about the SPARX project, please contact