Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships for academic year 2024-25. Fellows devote an academic year in residence 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 2024-25, the Center's designated research theme is Criminal Justice, but scholars need not work on Criminal Justice to apply. We anticipate that roughly half of the fellowships awarded for 2024-25 will fall within the research theme, and welcome applications for research projects in any area of human values, broadly defined. We welcome applications from scholars from a variety of disciplines for both our theme and non-theme fellowships.

For those proposing research on the theme of Criminal Justice, we are especially interested in research which may critically analyze underlying values in the philosophy and practice of criminal justice; evaluate institutional formations and policy proposals in light of those values; and explore the roles played by race, ethnicity, gender, and other factors in the differential ways that criminal justice is conceived and carried out in specific contexts. 

For thematically relevant applications, 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 daily and on short notice. Fellows are expected to pursue their own research and to be active contributors to the intellectual life of UCHV. This includes participating in a weekly seminar to discuss work in progress. 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 typically extends from September 1 to June 1. Fellows receive a stipend paid in nine equal installments. Ordinarily, home institutions provide a portion of their salaries in addition to benefits, although this is not a requirement. Independent scholars are eligible to apply.

Main considerations are the following:

*The significance of the proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the University Center for Human Values

*The quality of a candidate's previous research and the contribution the candidate is likely to make in the future

*The likelihood that the research would benefit from being conducted at UCHV

*Where applicable, the relevance of the application to the Center's designated research theme



Candidates must submit an online application at


Required materials:

1.  A CV

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

3.  A statement (no more than 1,500 words) describing the proposed project. Describe the project's relevance to the research theme where applicable

4.  Contact information for three referees, including one who was not a graduate advisor (note, the priority deadline for letters of reference only is Thursday, October 26, 2023; all other applicant materials must be submitted by the earlier deadline stated below). Referees will be contacted directly

Applicant materials must be submitted by: Thursday, October 19, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST. Decisions expected by late March 2024.


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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