Postdoc Fellowship in East Asian Studies, Princeton

2012-2015 Fellowship Competition

Application Postmark deadline: September 30, 2011

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2012-2015 Fellowship competition.

Four three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded this year. The stipend for academic year 2012-13 will be approximately $76,000. Fellows are provided with a shared office, a personal computer, a research account of $5000 a year, and access to university grants, benefits and other resources.

Fellows are expected to reside in or near Princeton during the academic year in order that they can attend weekly seminars and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Society.

All candidates will be informed of the status of their application by the end of January 2012. Interviews will take place in early February. The Society will reimburse the cost of travel and lodging associated with the interview. Names of fellowship winners will be posted on the Society of Fellows’ website in July 2012.

Fellowship in East Asian Studies (EAS)

This fellowship is sponsored by the Princeton Program in East Asian Studies and the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. Together with other faculty in East Asian Studies, the postdoctoral fellow teaches half-time for the first two years in the core Humanities-EAS course, which is sponsored jointly by the Humanities Council and East Asian Studies Department. In the third year, the fellow teaches one course only, either in the East Asian Studies Department or in an interdisciplinary program. The EAS Fellow is expected to pursue research that will make a significant contribution to the field of East Asian Studies in one or more disciplines in the humanities.


PhD degree requirements. Please note the Society’s dates of degree eligibility. These are firm dates with no exceptions.

  • a) Candidates already holding the PhD degree at time of application: You must have received your degree between January 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011. The receipt of the PhD is determined by the date on which you fulfilled all requirements for the degree at your institution, including the defense and filing of the dissertation.
  • b) Candidates who are ABD (all but dissertation) at time of application: If you will not meet the September 30, 2011, deadline for receipt of PhD but are expected to have fulfilled all conditions for the degree, including defense and filing of dissertation, by June 15, 2012, you may still apply for a postdoctoral fellowship provided you have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half). We ask that you include in your dossier a letter confirming your “progress to degree” from either your Department Chair or your Director of Graduate Studies (see details below).

Please note that candidates awarded a fellowship will be asked to provide a document from either the Registrar or Dean of their Graduate School by June 15, 2012, to confirm completion of all requirements for the PhD.

Recipients of doctorates in Education (EdD or PhD degrees), doctorates of Jurisprudence, and holders of PhD degrees from Princeton University are not eligible to apply.

If you have already applied to the Society of Fellows, you may not apply a second time. We therefore recommend that candidates wait until they have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half) before applying.

Fellowships will be awarded to candidates at the beginning of their academic career. Candidates must have already demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. Their work should also show evidence of unusual promise. The Society has a particular interest in fostering innovative interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities and social sciences.

US citizens and non-citizens, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability, are eligible to apply.

Fellows must reside in or near Princeton during the academic year of their fellowship term in order that they can attend weekly seminars and other events on campus.