School of Historical Studies

  • Award Period: 2022–2023
  • Application Deadline: October 15, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time
  • Reference Letter Deadline: October 15, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science, and late modern history with a special emphasis on the history of international relations. The School also offers the Edward T. Cone Membership in Music Studies. Each year the School welcomes approximately forty Members selected on the basis of both external and internal review. Most are working on topics in the above mentioned fields, but each year the School also selects some scholars working in other areas of historical research. Members in the School are appointed for either one term (first term Sept. 20 to Dec. 17, second term Jan. 10 to April 8) or for two terms, amounting to a full academic year.

Eligibility requirements include a substantial record of publication and a PhD awarded by no later than December 31, 2020. (Scholars with a PhD awarded in 2021 are expected to wait at least one year before applying.) The School takes into account the stage of the scholar’s academic career when evaluating the list of publications, but applicants should have at least several articles already in print in scholarly publications in order to be considered eligible. Qualified candidates of any nationality are invited to apply. Scholars are not required to have a current institutional affiliation.

Members are required to remain in residence in Princeton during term time. Members’ only other obligation is to pursue their own research. If they wish, they may also participate in seminars and meetings within the Institute, and there are ample opportunities for contacts with scholars at nearby universities.

Institute stipends will normally be offered up to a maximum of $78,000 for the full academic year, or $39,000 for one term. A few senior scholars will be offered additional funding to help make up for losses in salary. Stipends may be supplemented by other grants, including sabbatical salaries, but if the total exceeds the salary at the time of application the Institute stipend will be reduced accordingly. Scholars with full sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding, or other means may apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Institute stipends are intended to replace lost salary to fund Members; they are not intended to pay for teaching replacements in Members’ home institutions. A few Assistant Professors who meet additional eligibility requirements will be selected for Mellon Fellowships that will provide full year support matching their salaries and benefits at the time of application. (Detailed information about this program is on the website: Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. (To inquire about visitorship opportunities contact the Administrative Officer at

School of Social Science

  • Award Period: 2022–2023
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time
  • Reference Letter Deadline: November 10, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Each year, approximately 25 scholars are selected as Members in the School of Social Science. A completed doctorate or equivalent is required by the application deadline. Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels. They are for the full academic year only unless the scholar is from a country with an academic calendar that is substantially different than the one in the U.S., in which case single-term Memberships will be considered. Although preference is given to new applicants, scholars may be considered for a second residency if it has been at least five years since their initial Membership.

Members are expected to pursue their own research, participate in the seminars, and maintain a regular presence on campus. Each year has a specific thematic focus, around which about half of the scholars are selected, but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. An interdisciplinary dialogue will be fostered and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme. Information about the upcoming theme year can be found on the School’s website. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics.

Funding for Member stipends is individually negotiated, taking into account the applicant’s base salary and the level of sabbatical and other grant support that he or she can secure. In setting compensation, the School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum stipend of $75,000.

Applications must be filed electronically through this online application system. Each year applications will be accepted beginning in June with a deadline of November 1. It is expected that the selection process will be completed by early January. The application process is highly competitive, with the School able to accept less than 10% of the scholars who apply.

The application requires online submission of a research project, a curriculum vitae, and a single writing sample. The sample must be in English and no longer than 50 pages. Two letters of reference are required; three is the maximum allowed.