Visiting Research Fellowships

Visiting fellowships for scholars, artists or writers pursuing projects in the humanities or social sciences, in residence at Princeton, free of teaching and other obligations.

The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a limited number of Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellowships in Hellenic Studies for: 

  • scholars based in Greece or other overseas countries, who wish to spend time in residence at Princeton, pursuing research projects in the humanities or the social sciences, free of teaching and other obligations
  • artists or creative writers based in Greece or other overseas countries who propose to pursue, in residence at Princeton, projects that are inspired by or engage with Hellenic culture (classical, Byzantine, or modern Greek). 

These fellowships are normally offered annually and are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Awardees will be appointed for one term, rank contingent on credentials, pursuing research on a full-time basis. Visiting fellowships are available for the fall or spring terms, or during the summer months as described in the following paragraph. On occasion, shorter term appointments may be possible for scholars who are prior recipients of a visiting fellowship or other Hellenic Studies fellowships at Princeton University. 

Fall term appointments are from September 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018 (3.5 months). Spring term appointments are from January 15, 2019 to May 30, 2019 (4.5 months). Summer appointments are from June 15, 2019 to August 15, 2019 (2 months). The lengths and terms of the appointments will be determined by the Executive Committee of the Seeger Center. 

These fellowships are residential and as such, fellows are expected to be at Princeton at all times, devoting the major portion of their time to research and writing. They are required to participate in Hellenic Studies activities and the intellectual life of the University. They present their work-in-progress at Hellenic Studies workshops and are encouraged to meet colleagues in their respective academic disciplines. Before departure, fellows are required to submit a report on their scholarly activities at Princeton.

They enjoy full access to the University's library, archival, and computing resources. Fellows are provided shared workspace and access to the Hellenic Studies Reading Room in the University Library. Computing support is available through the University’s Office of Information Technology. Secretarial services and office supplies are not provided to fellows.

Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellowships normally provide a monthly salary of $3,959. In case of scholars receiving outside funding for the research they propose to pursue at Princeton, the salary level will be adjusted, with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty. Fellows are responsible for their own travel expenses and moving arrangements.

Housing Through Princeton University: Princeton University has arranged for a limited number of off-campus apartments to be available for lease to individuals who are awarded visiting fellowships through Hellenic Studies. These modestly furnished, one-bedroom, non-smoking apartments are located within easy walking distance of campus with some occupancy restrictions. The monthly lease allowance will be made by Hellenic Studies on behalf of fellows who lease one of these apartments. Depending upon individual status, fellows will most likely be subject to taxation for the imputed income benefit of this monthly lease allowance. The monthly lease allowance is intended to cover rent, in addition to related housing expenses (utilities, local phone, basic cable and high speed internet). Housing expenses exceeding the monthly lease allowance will be the responsibility of the fellow. 

Housing Not Through Princeton University: Fellows who do not lease one of the off-campus apartments arranged by Princeton University are not eligible to receive a monthly lease allowance. These fellows will be responsible for finding and securing their own housing, at their own expense. To the extent that Hellenic Studies becomes aware of possible housing opportunities, Hellenic Studies will share that information with the fellows. 

Housing Before/After the Fellowship: Fellows who arrive in Princeton before the start date or who remain in Princeton after the end date of their fellowship are required to secure alternative accommodations at their own expense.

  • Scholars in all disciplines of the humanities or the social sciences, who are affiliated with Greek academic institutions, including universities and research institutes. Early career scholars with adjunct appointments at Greek institutions will also be considered.
  • Professionals who are affiliated with Greek institutions: libraries, museums, the Archaeological Service, governmental agencies, etc.
  • Independent scholars with a Ph.D. (i.e., not affiliated with an institution) who are residents of Greece or other overseas countries, and who have a distinguished record of published work
  • Hellenists (i.e., scholars in Classical Studies, Late Antique Studies, Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies), irrespective of nationality, who hold regular faculty or research appointments at academic institutions in overseas countries other than Greece
  • Artists or creative writers based in Greece or other overseas countries

Fellows are expected to be fluent in English. Individuals based in the United States and Canada are not eligible to apply. 

Fellows may not hold other fellowships during the term of this fellowship. 

The Executive Committee may consider applications from individuals who have already held a Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship or another appointment through Hellenic Studies. However, in all but exceptional circumstances, a period of at least ten years must elapse between two appointments or fellowship awards. 

The Executive Committee of the Seeger Center makes fellowship awards on the basis of several criteria:

  • scholarly accomplishment in a discipline of the humanities or the social sciences, overall academic excellence and promise, and/or exceptional achievement in the arts or creative writing
  • potential contribution to an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Princeton
  • significance and quality of the research proposal in definition, clarity, organization, and scope
  • potential future impact in the field of Hellenic Studies through teaching and writing
  • ability to benefit from and contribute to Hellenic Studies at Princeton. 

In reviewing applications, priority is given to: 

  • projects that will be facilitated by research specifically at Princeton
  • first-time applicants
  • early career applicants, especially those who have not previously worked in the United States
  • applicants who are on regular, paid leave from their home institution
  • applicants working in a Hellenic Studies field, i.e., Classical Studies, Late Antique Studies, Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies.
How to Apply

Qualified candidates are required to apply online via AHIRE. For applications to be considered, the following material must be uploaded via the online application:

  • cover sheet with title and summary (200 words) of proposed research project and a brief bio (one paragraph)
  • research proposal (five pages; 2,000 words maximum), including detailed description of project, timetable, explicit goals, and a rationale for why it should be pursued at Princeton
  • selected bibliography
  • a standard, detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • two samples of recent work (in English)
  • contact information for two referees who are not current members of the Princeton University faculty.
  • all non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents are required to provide TOEFL results or equivalent, or a letter from their department head on department letterhead confirming certification of language proficiency in English. 

All submitted documents must be in English. Materials submitted as part of the application are the property of Princeton University and will not be returned.

The online application has a designated area for reference email addresses. After the online application has been submitted identifying referees and the required contact information, each referee will receive an automated email message from Princeton University with instructions for uploading their confidential letter of recommendation, no later than 12:00 pm EST on January 29, 2018. Recommendation letters not uploaded to applications should be submitted by email to the attention of Chris Twiname

Applications are reviewed both by specialists in the candidate’s academic discipline and by an interdisciplinary group of senior scholars. A phone or video interview may be requested. All appointments are subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty. The appointment rank will be determined on the basis of the qualifications and professional status of the applicant. All Committee deliberations and decisions are confidential. The Committee does not provide feedback to candidates about their applications.

Fellowship awards will be announced at the end of March 2018.

Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents must ensure that they will be able to enter or remain in the United States and accept employment 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.