Submit a Nomination for the Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows

The Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program recognizes and supports scholars who can contribute to the University’s diversity, broadly defined, including members of groups that have been historically and are presently underrepresented in the academy or in particular disciplines, such as racial and ethnic minorities and women in STEM. The Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program is meant to encourage early-career scholars to pursue a career in academia by supporting their postdoctoral work here. 

  • Candidate's CV
  • Research statement by the candidate
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Letter of nomination from faculty sponsor/PI


  • Faculty sponsors/PIs are invited to nominate candidates for AY 2021-22 no later than December 1, 2020, with selections to be made by January 22, 2021. 
  • Successful candidates may be appointed as early as July 1, 2021 or as late as September 1, 2021. 
  • If a candidate cannot produce satisfactory evidence of completing all requirements of the PhD by September 1, 2021, they forfeit their place in and support by the program.

Eligibility:  To apply, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Earned a PhD in a discipline in the humanities or social sciences within two years of their anticipated start date and do not hold a current tenure-track position;
  • Earned a PhD in the natural sciences or engineering within four years of their anticipated start date and do not hold a current tenure-track position;
  • Anticipate receiving a PhD in a discipline in the humanities, social or natural sciences, or engineering by the start date of their appointment (no later than September 1, 2021). 
  • Note that preference will be given to candidates who are not already at Princeton.

Nomination process:  Individual faculty sponsors/PIs nominate candidates and develop a plan with the candidate to facilitate the candidate’s research.  No more than one nomination will be accepted per faculty sponsor/PI.

Nomination materials: Curriculum vitae; research statement by candidate; three letters of recommendation; letter of nomination from the faculty sponsor/PI, including plan for the candidate’s research and other activities during the appointment, and how the candidate will diversify the department and/or discipline.  The application materials should be submitted as one PDF file.