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Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowship for scholars ($88,000+ per year)

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The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2019-2022 fellowship competition.

Three to five postdoctoral fellows are appointed each year for three-year terms in residence to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic host department, the Program in Humanistic Studies, or other university programs.

The fellowships carry with them an appointment as lecturer in the fellow’s host department.  Fellows are provided with a salary of approx. $88,800 per year, benefits, a $5,000 research account, access to university grants, a shared office, a personal computer 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. For the 2018-2021 competition, we received 841 applications for four postdoctoral fellowships.


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.

PhD Degree Requirements:

Applicants already holding the PhD degree at the time of application must have received their degree between January 1, 2017, and August 22, 2018. Priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the PhD degree.

The receipt of the PhD is determined by the date on which all requirements for the degree, including the defence 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 PhD degree (either the formal PhD 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 22, 2018 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, 2019, 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 a document from either the Registrar or Dean of the Graduate School by June 15, 2019, to confirm completion of all requirements for the PhD.

Other Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Candidates for/recipients of doctorates in Education (Ed.D. or PhD degrees), in Jurisprudence, the DMA, and candidates for/recipients of PhD degrees from Princeton University are not eligible to apply.

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

Applications must be submitted via the online portal by the application deadline, August 22, 2018. Mailed, emailed or faxed partial or complete applications cannot be considered.

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