Princeton University Postdoctoral 2017-2020 Fellowship for Scholars ($USD 84,500 in Stipends)


Application Deadline: September 15th 2016

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2017-2020 Fellowship competition.

Four three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded this year. The stipend for each of the three years of the fellowship will be approximately $84,500. In addition, fellows are provided with a shared office, a personal computer, a research account of $5,000 a year, access to university grants, benefits and other resources.
Fellows are expected to reside in or near Princeton during the academic year in order to attend weekly seminars and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Society.

Four Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017-2020

Applicants may apply for one or more fellowship(s) pertinent to their research and teaching.

1. Open Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (OPEN)

Open to all disciplines represented in the Society of Fellows (see list in section below). The fellowship’s responsibilities include both teaching (one course each semester for two years, one course in the third year) and research.

2. Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (HUM)

The fellowship’s responsibilities include both teaching (one course each semester for two years, one course in the third year) and research.

3. Fellowship in LGBT Studies (LGBT)

Fund for Reunion (the LGBT Alumni Association of Princeton University) and the Society of Fellows are co-sponsors of a fellowship to be awarded to a scholar working on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender issues in any of the disciplines represented in the Society (see list below), and particularly in new and emerging fields.

4. Fellowship in Race and/or Ethnicity Studies (RACE)

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Study of Race and/or Ethnicity is sponsored jointly by the offices of the President and Dean of the Faculty of Princeton University, and the Society of Fellows.


  • PhD degree requirements. Please note the Society’s dates of degree eligibility. These are firm dates with no exceptions:

    a) Candidates already holding the PhD degree at time of application:
    You must have received your degree between January 1, 2015 and September 15, 2016.
    The receipt of the PhD is determined by the date on which you fulfilled all requirements for the degree at your institution, including the defense and filing of the dissertation.
    b) Candidates who are ABD (All But Dissertation) at time of application:
    If you will not meet the September 15, 2016, deadline for receipt of PhD but are expected to have fulfilled all conditions for the degree, including defense and filing of dissertation, by June 15, 2017, you may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship provided you have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half).

  • Recipients of doctorates in Education (Ed.D. or Ph.D. degrees), doctorates of Jurisprudence, and holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University are not eligible to apply.
  • If you have already applied to the Princeton Society of Fellows, you may not apply a second time. We therefore recommend that candidates wait until they have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half) before applying.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the Ph.D. degree.
  • Fellowships will be awarded to candidates at the beginning of their academic career. Candidates must have already demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. Their work should also show evidence of unusual promise. The Society has a particular interest in fostering innovative interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities and social sciences.
  • US citizens and non-US citizens, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability, are eligible to apply. The Society of Fellows seeks a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcomes candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Fellows must reside in or near Princeton during the academic year of their fellowship term in order that they can attend weekly seminars and other events on campus.

Application Procedure:

Confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to the Society by three referees, or by a dossier service, on or before the postmark deadline.

The following dossier items (single-sided) should be mailed by the candidate:

  1. Completed application form (print-out of online form)
  2. Cover letter
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. For ABD (All But Dissertation) candidates only:  letter of “Progress to Degree” from either Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies (see text below)
  5. Dissertation abstract
  6. Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation or one published article
  7. Research proposal
  8. Two course proposals

In addition, confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed or mailed directly to the Society by three referees, or by a dossier service, on or before the postmark deadline.

Mail the complete dossier by September 15, 2016 (postmark deadline) to:

Princeton University
Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
Attention: Search Committee
10 Joseph Henry House
Princeton, New Jersey 08544

Candidates outside the USA must use a trackable mail service to ensure prompt delivery.
We recommend that candidates within the USA also ask for a tracking number when they mail their dossier.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Princeton University Postdoctoral 2017-2020 Fellowship



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