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 (for the 2024 competition):

Applicants already holding the Ph.D. degree at the time of their application will need to have received their degree between January 1, 2023 and August 6, 2024. 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. Priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the Ph.D. degree. 

Applicants with a Ph.D. are asked to upload a document to the application site with evidence of completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (either a formal Ph.D. certificate, an official transcript, or a degree confirmation letter by the individual’s dean, graduate school, or registrar). 

Applicants who are ABD (All But Dissertation) at the time of their application: Applicants who do not meet the August 6, 2024 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, 2025, may apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, provided they have 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” as part of their online application.

ABD candidates who are awarded a fellowship will be asked to provide an official document from their institution’s Registrar or Dean of the Graduate School at the time of their appointment (no later than June 15, 2025).

Further Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants who already applied to the Princeton Society of Fellows may not apply a second time. We therefore recommend that applicants wait to submit an application until they have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (at least half).

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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