2020 Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: August 6, 2019.

For the 2020-2023 fellowship competition, five fellowships will be awarded; applicants have the option to apply for more than one fellowship pertinent to their research and teaching.



1. Three Open Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences (OPEN)

Open to all disciplines represented in the Society of Fellows (see list below). The fellowship’s responsibilities include both research and teaching (one course each semester for two years, one course in the third year). The fellow will either participate in a team-taught course or offer a self-designed course, in the host department or in an interdisciplinary Program. In addition, the fellow normally does some advising in his/her specialty or related areas.

2. One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (HUM)

This fellowship is sponsored jointly by the Humanities Council and Society of Fellows, and is open to candidates in humanities disciplines represented in the Society of Fellows (see list below). The fellowship’s responsibilities include both research and teaching (one course each semester for two years, one course in the third year). In the spring semester of the first two years, the fellow will join faculty from various fields to teach in the Humanities SequenceInterdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from the Renaissance to the Modern Period. In the fall semester of the first year, the fellow will offer a self-designed course in the host department or an interdisciplinary program. In the fall 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.

3. One Fellowship in Race and Ethnicity Studies

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Study of Race and/or Ethnicity is sponsored jointly by the offices of the President and Dean of the Faculty of Princeton University, and the Society of Fellows. The fellow will be expected to pursue research that explores the discursive forms and meanings of concepts of race and ethnicity in one or more selected disciplines in the humanities and affiliated social sciences (see list below).  The selection committee particularly welcomes applications from candidates whose scholarship is driven by innovative, interdisciplinary, and historical ways of thinking, including interests in pre-modern and non-western cultures.  In each of the first two years, the successful candidate pursues research half-time and teaches one self-designed course each semester, either in the host department or an interdisciplinary program.  In addition, the fellow normally does some advising in his/her specialty or related areas.  In the third year, the fellow teaches one course in fall or spring and devotes the other semester to full-time research.



1. Applicants already holding the Ph.D. degree at time of application must have received their degree between January 1, 2018 and August 6, 2019. Priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the Ph.D. degree.

2. 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, may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship provided they have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half).



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: 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 descriptions, please provide sample reading lists. The two course descriptions and reading lists together should not exceed three double-spaced 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 the 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 application. However, these will have to be two separate documents, as you will need to upload the “progress to degree” letter as part of your application.




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