Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020

Deadline: August 04, 2020 Institution(s): Princeton University 
Level of Study: Postdoctoral Study in: USA

Scholarship Description

Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to international students from all over the world who are interested to undertake postdoctoral research at Princeton university USA for academic year 2020-2021. Three to five postdoctoral fellows are assigned on a three-year residency basis each year to undertake studies and to teach half-time in their host academic department, the Humanist Studies Program or other university programs.

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The fellowships bring with them an appointment as lecturer in the host department of the fellow. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and all skilled candidates will be eligible for work without regard to age, ethnicity, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic origin, disability status, veteran status or any other legal status. SEO IS THE LAW. These positions are subject to the policy of the University of Applied Sciences.

Courses Offered:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Humanistic Studies
  • LGBT Studies

Program Period:

  •  3 years 

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Scholarship Coverage

Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 provide the recipient with the following benefits:

  • A salary of approx. $88,800 per year, benefits,
  • A $5,000 research account,
  • Access to university grants,
  • A shared office,
  • A personal computer and other resources.
  • Fellows are expected to reside in or near Princeton during the academic year in order to attend weekly seminars and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Society.

Eligibility Criteria for Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships

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To be eligible for Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021, these points should be considered:

  • Required Language: English.
  • Eligible Countries: All world countries
  • Applicants already holding the Ph.D. degree at the time of their application must have received their degree between January 1, 2019 and August 4, 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the Ph.D. degree.
  • Applicants who are ABD (All But Dissertation) at the time of their application: Applicants who do not meet the August 4, 2020 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, 2021, may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship provided they have completed a substantial portion of their dissertation (approximately half).
  • Applicants will be asked to upload a 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, 2021, to confirm completion of all requirements for the Ph.D.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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How to Apply for Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021?

Please follow the following application procedure to avail this scholarship.

(1) Fill the Online Application form.

(2) Upload the following documents:

  • Cover Letter: 1½ pages maximum, single-spaced, addressed to the Search Committee. Your letter should include a brief overview of your application.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dissertation Abstract: no more than one page, single-spaced.
  • 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 submit is longer than 25 pages, please edit for length and summarize the deleted portions.
  • 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 choose to devote some or most of the three pages to this new project.
  • 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 (typically a 200-level course at Princeton). The other course should be a more advanced undergraduate seminar in your own discipline that would have broad appeal to juniors and/or seniors in your host department (300 or 400-level).
  • For Applicants with Ph.D. Degree: a document confirming your completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree. This may be a formal Ph.D. certificate, an official transcript, or a letter from your dissertation advisor.
  • Reference Letters: 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.
    Dossier services may be used for the submission of reference letters; applicants using such services should contact these for specific instructions.
    Referees may upload their letters of recommendation to the online portal through August 11, 2020.

Note: Finalists invited for interviews can expect to be contacted in mid-November, and interviews will be held in the week of December 14th, 2020. The Society of Fellows will reimburse the cost of travel and lodging associated with the interviews, should these take place on campus. All other applicants will be notified about the status of their application by the end of December 2020. The fellowship winners are to be announced on the Society of Fellows’ website in summer 2021.

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