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Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2018-2021 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 $86,600. 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.

Princeton University Fellowships Eligibility

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

Applicants already holding the PhD degree at time of application: You must have received your degree between January 1, 2016 and September 15, 2017. 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.

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

Applicants who are ABD (All But Dissertation) at time of application: If you will not meet the September 15, 2017, 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, 2018, you may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship provided you have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half).

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

Please note that ABD candidates who are awarded a fellowship will be asked to provide a document from either the Registrar or Dean of their Graduate School by June 15, 2018, to confirm completion of all requirements for the PhD.

Recipients of doctorates in Education (Ed.D. or PhD degrees), doctorates of Jurisprudence, and candidates for/recipients of PhD 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 applicants wait until they have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half) before applying.

Priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the PhD degree.

Fellowships will be awarded to applicants at the beginning of their academic career. Applicants 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.

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 age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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

Princeton University Fellowships Application Procedure

Applicants may apply for one or more fellowship(s) pertinent to their research and teaching. Please see our website for eligibility, requirements,and online application :

Applicants should review carefully the following guidelines before completing the online application.

Applicants may apply for one or more fellowship(s) pertinent to their research and teaching by choosing one or both fellowships on the online Application.

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

Please note that you must complete the online application, and submit all supporting materials, at the same time. However, it will still be possible to edit your application and/or names of referees for up to three days after submitting the application, but no later than the deadline, September 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Checklist of documents to upload

The three referees named in the online application will be contacted automatically via email with instructions to upload their confidential letters of recommendation to the online portal once the application has been submitted. We ask that applicants submit their application with enough time before the deadline to allow referees to upload their recommendation. While all documents required by the applicant need to be submitted by the September 15 deadline, we allow a grace period for reference letters, i.e., referees may upload these to the online system until September 22.

The following application items should be uploaded by the applicant:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dissertation abstract
  • Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation or one published article related to the dissertation topic.
  • Research proposal
  • Two course proposals
  • For ABD (All But Dissertation) candidates :  letter of “Progress to Degree” from the director of graduate studies or department chair.   
  • For applicants with PhD degree : document confirming your completion of all requirements for the PhD degree.
  • Names and email addresses for three referees, who will be contacted with an invitation to upload their confidential letter of recommendation to the online portal once the application has been submitted. 

Please see Helpful Information below on the application process.  Additional inquiries may be sent to

Princeton University Fellowships Date

  • Applicants areasked to submit an online application : 15th September, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Successful candidates must fulfill all requirementsfor the Ph.D : 15th June, 2018

 Contact Details

Princeton University
Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
10 Joseph Henry House
Princeton, New Jersey 08544
Phone No : 609-258-4717
Fax No : 609-258-2783
E-mail :
Website :

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.