Application Deadline: August 2, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EDT).
The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences, invites applications for the 2023-26 fellowship competition. Five fellowships are to be awarded:
Two or three Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society
One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
One Fellowship in East Asian Studies
One Fellowship in Race and Ethnicity Studies
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 a fellow’s academic host department.
Applicants already holding the Ph.D. degree at the time of their application must have received their degree between January 1, 2021 and August 2, 2022. 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 with a Ph.D. will be asked to upload a document to the application site with evidence of completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (either the formal Ph.D. certificate, an official transcript, or a degree confirmation letter by the advisor).
Applicants who are ABD (All But Dissertation) at the time of their application: Applicants who do not meet the August 2, 2022 deadline for receipt of their Ph.D., but are expected to have fulfilled all conditions for the degree by June 15, 2023, including defense and filing of dissertation, may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, provided they have completed a substantial portion of their dissertation (at least half).
- Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits, a $5,000 research account, access to university grants, a shared office, a desktop 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.
To participate in the 2023-26 fellowship competition, applicants will need to submit the documents listed below, along with the online application form, to the application portal by the application deadline August 2, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EDT).
1. Cover Letter: 1½ pages maximum, single-spaced, addressed to the search committee. The letter should include a brief overview of your application.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Dissertation Abstract: no more than one page, single-spaced.
4. Writing Sample: one chapter of the dissertation or one published/forthcoming article related to your dissertation topic that best represents your intellectual interests. No more than 25 double-spaced pages (endnotes/bibliography/illustrations may be included in addition). If the text portion of the sample you wish to submit is longer than 25 pages, please edit for length and summarize the deleted portions.
5. Research Project for the Fellowship Term: two to three double-spaced pages; no bibliography necessary. We expect this research statement will usually take the form of a proposal for revising the dissertation in preparation for publication. However, if you have given serious thought to a second research project beyond the dissertation, and/or already prepared the dissertation for publication, you may devote some or most of the three pages to this new project.
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