Fellowships will be awarded to applicants in the disciplines represented in the Society who are 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 it especially welcomes those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements:

Applicants - for the 2022 competition - already holding the Ph.D. degree at the time of their application had to 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. were 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 were ABD (All But Dissertation) at the time of their 2022 application:  Applicants who did not meet the August 2, 2022 deadline for receipt of their Ph.D., but were expected to have fulfilled all conditions for the degree by June 15, 2023, including defense and filing of dissertation, could still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, provided they had completed a substantial portion of their dissertation (at least half).

Applicants who are ABD need to upload an official letter by the Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies confirming “progress to 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, 2023 to confirm completion of all requirements for the Ph.D.

Further 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 (at least 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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