Graduate Funding Information Service

July 6, 2020

Princeton University Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships

Application Deadline: August 4, 2020, 11:59pm EST

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, calls for fellowship applications annually. Three to five postdoctoral fellows are appointed each year for three-year terms in residence to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic host department, the Program in Humanistic Studies, or other university programs. The fellowships carry with them an appointment as lecturer in a fellow’s academic host department. Fellows are provided with a competitive salary, benefits, a $5,000 research account, access to university grants, a shared office, a desktop 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.

For the 2021-2024 fellowship competition, three fellowships will be awarded, and applicants may apply for more than one fellowship category pertinent to their research and teaching. For more information about these three fellowships, click here.


  • 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 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).
  • As part of their online application, applicants will be required to select one academic host department; click here to see the list of departments.
  • 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.
  • If you have already applied to the Princeton Society of Fellows, you may not apply a second time. The Society of Fellows therefore recommends that applicants wait until they have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half) before applying.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.