Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships

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The University Center for Human Values invites applications for Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships for the academic year 2025-26. 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. We welcome applications from scholars from a variety of disciplines.

Fellows are expected to reside in or around Princeton or demonstrate to the program's satisfaction the ability to commute to campus on a daily basis during the 12-week fall and spring semesters. Fellows pursue their own research and are 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 and facilities 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, or who are coming directly from a postdoctoral fellowship.

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 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 is external))
  • The quality of a candidate’s previous research and the contribution the candidate is likely to make in the future through their scholarship
  • The likelihood that the research would benefit from being conducted in the University Center environment

How to apply

Candidates must submit an online application at is external)

Required materials:

  1. A CV
  2. One 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 research project, including a brief working title for the project.
  4. Contact information for three referees, including at least one referee who was not a graduate advisor (note that referees will be asked to send in their letters fairly quickly – by October 26, 2024 for best consideration).

Applicant materials must be submitted by the deadline: October 18, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST. We aim to announce decisions by late March 2025.

The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.

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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