Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Holders in the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Fellowship Programme 2021-2024

Apply for the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Funded Fellowship Programme 2021-2024, for a chance to be one of 3-5  postdoctoral fellows appointed for a 3-year tenure in residence to take up research and teach part-time in their academic host department. 

An annual program, the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Fellowship Program, comes with a promise of appointment as a lecturer in a fellow’s academic host department on the conclusion of the fellowship.

Submit an application and improve your chances of a career in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences alongside a diverse group of scholars and experts.  

Application Deadline: August 4, 2020


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Appointed fellows are provided with

  • Salary and benefits, 
  • A $5,000 research account for all researches related to the selected study, 
  • Access to university grants, 
  • A shared office
  • A desktop computer

The Fellowship Details

3 fellowships will be awarded for the 2021-2024 fellowship program:

  • 2 Open Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences (OPEN)

Open to all disciplines represented in the Society of Fellows. The fellowships’ responsibilities include both research and teaching, one course each semester in the first and second years, one course in the third year. The fellows will either participate in team-taught courses or offer self-designed courses in the host department and/or in an interdisciplinary program. In addition, fellows normally take on some advice in their specialty or related areas.

  • 1 Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (HUM)

This fellowship is sponsored jointly by the Humanities Council and the Society of Fellows, and it is open to candidates in humanities disciplines represented in the Society. The fellowship’s responsibilities include both research and teaching, one course each semester in the first and second years, one course in the third year. In the fall semester of the first two years, the fellow will join a faculty team to teach in the Humanities Sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. In the spring semester of the first year, the fellow will offer a self-designed course in the host department and/or an interdisciplinary program. In the spring semester of the second year, the fellow will teach an interdisciplinary 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 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.


The fellowship program is open to 

  • Applicants who already have their Ph.D. degree. The degree at the time of application must have been received between January 1, 2019, and August 4, 2020. 

The proof 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 who are ABD (All But Dissertation) at the time of their application


  • Applicants who do not meet the August 4, 2020 deadline for proof of their Ph.D. are expected to have fulfilled all conditions for the degree, including defense and filing of dissertation, by June 15, 2021, and may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship provided they have completed a substantial portion of their dissertation (approximately half)
  • Applicants who are ABD(All But Dissertation) will need to upload a letter by the Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies confirming “progress to the degree” to the application site.
  • ABD candidates who are awarded a fellowship will be asked to provide an official document from the Registrar or Dean of the Graduate School by June 15, 2021, to confirm completion of all requirements for the Ph.D
  • Applicants are allowed to submit applications for more than one fellowship category pertinent to their research and teaching
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the Ph.D. degree.
  • If you have already applied to the Princeton Society of Fellows, you may not apply a second time. Its recommended 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.
  • The positions are subject to the University’s background check policy.
  • 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 from advisor).
  • 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.
  • 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

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Application Instructions

Before submitting an application,

  • Applicants are encouraged to preview full fellowship details, eligibility criteria, disciplines and further information on the application process via the Online Application Form 
  • Attach all required documents to the application before submission 
  • Partial applications will not be available to be edited or completed at a later date. Only complete applications will be considered
  • The application form must be completely filled before submission.
  • After submission of an application,  a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided in your application. In some cases, your references may be contacted using the email address that you provide for them and may be asked to provide their recommendation via a web-based form similar to the application form.

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About the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Fellowship Program

The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts is an advanced study/research program for scholars, especially from underrepresented backgrounds to undertake scholarship and teaching in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. 

Annually, the Society appoints 3 to 5 postdoctoral fellows for a three-year term in residence to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic host department. 

The Fellowship aids appointed fellows to take on innovations that will improve the quality of their dissertations and prepare them for a career within academia or outside. 

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for submission of applications is August 4, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Applications are welcome from a diverse array of applicants, most importantly those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Applicants are selected based on 

  • Outstanding scholarly achievement  and evidenced potential
  • Extent and quality of teaching experience and potential contributions to an interdisciplinary community

The Princeton Society of Fellows include a diverse and interdisciplinary group of scholars

To view and read about Faculty Fellows, click here 

To view and read about Current Fellows, click here 

To view and read about Past Fellows, Click here

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