For the 2019-2022 fellowship competition, four fellowships will be awarded; applicants may apply for more than one fellowship pertinent to their research and teaching:
1. Two 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 fall semester of the first two years, the fellow will join faculty from various fields in the humanities to teach Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages. In the spring semester of the first year, the fellow will offer a self-designed course either in the host department or an interdisciplinary program. In the spring semester of the second year, the fellow will offer an interdisciplinary undergraduate 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 humanities 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 LGBT Studies
The Fund for Reunion/Princeton BTGALA (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. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to pursue research in any scholarly areas that will make a positive contribution toward public discourse around contemporary LGBT issues. In each of the first two years, the successful candidate pursues research half-time and teaches one course each semester, either team-taught or self-designed, 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 only one course and devotes the final semester to full-time research. The LGBT fellow is also encouraged to share research interests with the wider campus community, with the aim of creating a sustained dialogue on issues related to LGBT equality.
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, 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 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 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 Ph.D.
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 Ph.D. degrees), in Jurisprudence, the DMA, and candidates for/recipients of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University are not eligible to apply.
Finalists to whom an offer has been made must pass a background check successfully.
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.
Closing date: 22 August 2018