Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships

The University Center for Human Values at Princeton University invites applications for Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships for the academic year 2023-24. Fellows devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research and writing about topics involving human values in public and private life. This full-time visiting program is open to scholars in all disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. For 2023-24, the Center’s designated research theme is Reckoning with Race. We welcome research that analyzes the category of race in both local and global contexts and in different periods of history, as well as research that investigates intersections of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity. Applications on other areas of research are also welcomed; we anticipate that roughly half of the fellowships awarded for 2023-24 will fall within the research theme. For applications relevant to the research theme, please state this explicitly and describe the relevance of the research to the theme. In assessing each application, we look for the potential of applicants to contribute to and benefit from a research community that draws together scholars who work in and across different disciplines.

Fellows are expected to reside in or around Princeton or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus on a daily basis and on short notice in order to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation. Fellows are expected to pursue their own research and to be active contributors to the intellectual life of the Center. This includes participating in a weekly seminar attended by fellows and Center faculty to discuss work in progress and in various other seminars, colloquia and lectures sponsored by the Center. Fellows enjoy access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University.

Candidates must have a doctorate or equivalent professional degree and a strong record of research publications appropriate to their career stage. Typically Fellows hold faculty positions at other universities or colleges; in exceptional cases we consider applications from independent scholars when there is a high level of scholarly achievement. This is not a postdoctoral fellowship program and we do not generally consider candidates who will have held the Ph.D. for less than two years at the time of appointment.

The fellowship period extends from September 1 to June 1. Fellows receive a stipend paid in nine equal installments. Ordinarily their home institutions provide a portion of their salaries in addition to all benefits, although this is not a requirement for appointment. Independent scholars are eligible to apply.

The main considerations in the evaluation of applications are the following:

  • The significance of the proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the University Center for Human Values (see for more information);
  • The quality of a candidate’s previous research and the contribution the candidate is likely to make in the future through teaching and writing;
  • The likelihood that the research would benefit from being conducted in the University Center environment.
  • Where applicable, the relevance of the application to the Center’s designated research theme, Reckoning with Race.


Candidates must submit an online application at

The following materials will be required:

1.   A curriculum vitae;

2.   A scholarly paper (of no more than about 12,000 words) written in the past three years;

3.   A statement (of no more than 1,500 words) describing the proposed research project and including a brief working title for the project. Please describe the project’s relevance to the research theme where applicable; and

4.   Contact information for three referees, including at least one referee who was not a graduate advisor.  Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

These materials must be submitted online by the application deadline of Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST. We do not accept application materials by any other method. The selection committee begins reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. Decisions are expected to be announced by late March 2023.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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