Princeton Society of Fellows: Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Princeton Society of Fellows supports innovative interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching in the humanities. The Fellows pursue new knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines and aim to advance intellectual exchange.

Applications open

1 May 2021

Applications closed

3 Aug 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

$130,000 - $400,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Law, legal studies and criminology; Music; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 5

  • "Having been the first recipient of the Einstein Fellowship for interdisciplinary thinkers, I was encouraged by a committee member to apply for a post-doctoral position at the Princeton Society of Fellows. The fellowship was a comfortable way to get acquainted with the U.S. academic system, to which I had not previously been exposed. The colleagues I met during my time at Princeton have remained a constant source of inspiration for my work, and some became close friends."
    Read Dr Mischa Gabowitsch's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Have received a PhD degree between 1 January, 2020 and 3 August, 2021.
    • Consider that priority will be given to applicants who have received no more than one year of research-only funding past the PhD degree.

    Fellowships will be awarded to applicants in the disciplines represented in the Society who are at the beginning of their academic career. For further information, please visit The Society of Fellows website.

    Selection criteria

    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 especially welcomes those from under-represented backgrounds.

  • Application process

    Applications are submitted online via The Princeton Society of Fellows website. For enquiries contact

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Finalists invited to campus interviews can expect to be contacted in the second week of December.

What are the benefits?

The benefits include a stipend of US$88,000 per annum for up to 3 years, a US$5,000 research account, access to university grants, a shared office, a personal computer and other resources.

The fellowships carry with them an appointment as lecturer in the fellow's academic host department. The fellow normally does some advising in his/her specialty or related areas, with other responsibilities offered including research, teaching and participation in a team-taught course or a self-designed course.

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