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Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

About the 2017-2020 Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2017-2020 Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences. Princeton Society of Fellows invites applications for three-year postdoctoral fellowships 2017-2020 for recent PhDs (from Jan.1, 2015) in humanities and allied social sciences.

Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

Scholarship Description

Online Application Form Opens August 15, 2016

Application Deadline: September 15, 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.

If you have already applied to the Princeton Society of Fellows, you may not apply a second time.
All candidates will be informed of the status of their application by the end of January, 2017. Interviews will take place in early February.

The Society will reimburse the cost of travel and lodging associated with the interview. Names of fellowship winners will be posted on the Society of Fellows’ website in July 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

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). We ask that you include in your dossier a letter confirming your “progress to degree” from either your Department Chair or your Director of Graduate Studies (see details of letter below).
Please note that candidates awarded a fellowship will be asked to provide a document from either the Registrar or Dean of their Graduate School by June 15, 2017, to confirm completion of all requirements for the PhD.

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.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Finalists to whom an offer has been made must successfully pass a background check.

How to Apply

Candidates should review carefully the following guidelines before completing the online application form and mailing the dossier materials.  (We do not accept dossiers submitted electronically.)

Applicants may apply for one or more fellowship(s) pertinent to their research and teaching by checking the relevant boxes on the Application Form. It is not necessary to submit separate applications for each fellowship.

Candidates who have previously applied for the Society of Fellows’ postdoctoral fellowships may not re-apply.

Please mail the following dossier items, single-sided, on 8.5 in. x 11 in. paper, in the order listed below. Number and staple pages for each item, and include your name and title of the item at the top of the first page of each. Please submit only the requested items (without binders or folders). Transcripts of courses and grades are not necessary.

Please note that we are not able to accept any substitutions of dossier components after the postmark deadline. However, if you need to make small updates to your current CV (e.g. new publication, change of referee), please email these changes only to and we will add the message to your dossier.

Checklist of dossier items (See below for Details)

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.

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