Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowships for International Students in USA 2019

The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2020-23 fellowship competition.Appointed in the Humanities Council and academic departments, postdoctoral fellows pursue their research, attend weekly seminars and teach half-time as lecturers for a term of three years. In each of the first two years, fellows teach one course each semester; in their third year, only one course

Princeton University, founded in 1746, is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. The institution is the fourth-oldest institution of Higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.


Application Deadline: August 6 ,2019

Programs of Study:

African Studies; American Studies; Ancient World; Classical Philosophy; Contemporary European Politics and Society; Environmental Studies; European Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Hellenic Studies; History of Science; Italian Studies; Judaic Studies; Latin American Studies; Latino Studies; Linguistics; Media and Modernity; Medieval Studies; Political Philosophy; Population Studies; Renaissance Studies; Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; South Asian Studies; Theater and Dance; Translation and Intercultural Communication; Urban Studies; Values and Public Life; Astrophysics

Value:The salary for 2020-2021 will be approximately $91,000.

Number of Fellowhips: Five fellowships will be awarded:

Three Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society; One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies :On; Fellowship in Race and Ethnicity Studies


Nationality: International students

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Applicants holding the Ph.D. at the time of application must have received the degree after January 1, 2018.

Applicants not yet holding the Ph.D. must have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation – approximately half – at the time of application.

Successful candidates must fulfill all requirements for the Ph.D., including filing of the dissertation, by June 15, 2020. Candidates for/recipients of doctoral degrees in Education, Jurisprudence and from Princeton University are not eligible. Applicants may apply only once to the Princeton Society of Fellows


Applicants will need to submit the following documents with their online application form by the application deadline, August 6, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST):

1. Cover Letter: 1½ pages maximum, single-spaced, addressed to the Search Committee. Your letter should offer 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 send 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 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 prefer to devote some or most of the three pages to this new project.

6. Two Course Proposals: together these should not exceed three double-spaced pages. Briefly outline two sample courses you would be interested in teaching at Princeton. It is not necessary to include syllabi, but in addition to the course description, please provide a sample reading list. Course descriptions and reading lists together should not exceed three pages. One proposed course should offer an introduction to a topic of your choice for first and second-year students from different fields (a 200 level course at Princeton).  The other course should be a more advanced undergraduate seminar in your own discipline that would have a broad appeal to juniors and/or seniors in your host department (300-400 level).

7. For Applicants with Ph.D. Degree: a document confirming your completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree. This may either be a formal Ph.D. certificate or a letter from your dissertation advisor.

For ABD (All But Dissertation) Applicants only: a letter from Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies confirming “progress to degree.” Your Department Chair may write both the brief letter confirming your progress and, if you wish, one of the three letters of recommendation in support of your candidacy, but these will have to be two separate documents, as you will need to upload the “progress to degree” letter as part of your application. Referees will be contacted by us as outlined below.

Note to Chair or Director:  Candidates may apply only once to the Society of Fellows. We therefore advise applicants to wait until they have a substantial portion of their dissertation completed (approximately one half of the dissertation written) before applying.  The “progress to degree” letter need not contain an evaluation but should state that the candidate has a substantial portion of the dissertation completed at the time of application, and is fully expected to have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., including filing and defense, by June 15, 2020.

Reference Letters:

In addition, applicants will be asked to name three referees on the online application form. Within 24 hours following an application’s submission, referees should receive an automatic email prompting them to upload their confidential letters to the application portal. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact referees well before submitting an application.

Reference letters should be on electronic letterhead, signed, and in PDF format, if possible. Letters may be addressed to the Search Committee. It is not necessary to mail or email a copy of the letter; additional letters beyond three cannot be considered.



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