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, 2018 and August 6, 2019 (dates apply to the 2019 competition, now closed). 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 6, 2019 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, 2020 (dates apply to the 2019 competition, now closed), 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 an official document from either the Registrar or Dean of the Graduate School by June 15, 2020 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.

The positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

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