Princeton University Postdoctoral 2020/2023 Fellowship for scholars ($USD 88,000+ in stipends)

Application Deadline: August 6th 2019

For the Princeton University Postdoctoral 2020-2023 fellowship competition, five fellowships will be awarded; applicants have the option to apply for more than one fellowship pertinent to their research and teaching.

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

Open to all disciplines represented in the Society of Fellows (see list below). The fellowship’s responsibilities include both research and teaching (one course each semester for two years, one course in the third year). The fellow will either participate in a team-taught course or offer a self-designed course, in the host department or in an interdisciplinary Program. In addition, the fellow normally does some advising in his/her specialty or related areas.

2. One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (HUM)

This fellowship is sponsored jointly by the Humanities Council and Society of Fellows, and is open to candidates in humanities disciplines represented in the Society of Fellows (see list below). The fellowship’s responsibilities include both research and teaching (one course each semester for two years, one course in the third year). In the spring semester of the first two years, the fellow will join faculty from various fields to teach in the Humanities Sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from the Renaissance to the Modern Period. In the fall semester of the first year, the fellow will offer a self-designed course in the host department or an interdisciplinary program. In the fall semester of the second year, the fellow will teach an interdisciplinary course in Humanistic Studies. This course might take a more intensive look at materials from “Approaches to Western Culture” or offer an interdisciplinary approach to the fellow’s own area of expertise. The fellow will be called upon to lead or contribute to occasional activities designed to build a sense of community among undergraduates in the Humanistic Studies Program—the program offers local and international field trips, an undergraduate society, workshops and other opportunities.

3. One Fellowship in Race and Ethnicity Studies

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. The fellow will be expected to pursue research that explores the discursive forms and meanings of concepts of race and ethnicity in one or more selected disciplines in the humanities and affiliated social sciences (see list below).  The selection committee particularly welcomes applications from candidates whose scholarship is driven by innovative, interdisciplinary, and historical ways of thinking, including interests in pre-modern and non-western cultures.  In each of the first two years, the successful candidate pursues research half-time and teaches one self-designed course each semester, either in the host department or an interdisciplinary program.  In addition, the fellow normally does some advising in his/her specialty or related areas.  In the third year, the fellow teaches one course in fall or spring and devotes the other semester to full-time research.

Fellowships will be awarded to applicants in the disciplines represented in the Society at the beginning of their academic career. Selection is based on exceptional scholarly achievement and evidence of unusual promise, range and quality of teaching experience, and potential contributions to an interdisciplinary community. The Society of Fellows seeks a diverse and international pool of applicants, and especially welcomes those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements:

Applicants already holding the Ph.D. degree at time of application must have received their degree between January 1, 2018 and August 6, 2019. Priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the Ph.D. degree.

The receipt of the Ph.D. is determined by the date on which all requirements for the degree, including the defense and filing of the dissertation, were fulfilled.

Applicants will be asked to upload a document on the application site with evidence of completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (either the formal Ph.D. certificate or a degree confirmation letter from the advisor). 

Applicants who are ABD (All But Dissertation) at the time of their application: Applicants who do not meet the August 6, 2019 deadline for receipt of their Ph.D. but are expected to have fulfilled all conditions for the degree, including defense and filing of dissertation, by June 15, 2020, may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship provided they have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half).

Applicants will be asked to upload a letter on the application site confirming “progress to degree” from either the Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.

ABD candidates who are awarded a fellowship will be asked to provide an official document from either the Registrar or Dean of the Graduate School by June 15, 2020 to confirm completion of all requirements for the Ph.D.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Princeton University Postdoctoral 2020/2023 Fellowship

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