James Madison Program Fellowships

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Visiting Fellowships

The Program invites college and university professors and other professionals with established records of scholarship to apply for appointments as Visiting Fellows for the academic year.  One-semester appointments are possible but not preferred.  Among the research fellowships offered are the Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellowship and the William E. Simon Visiting Fellowship in Religion and Public Life. 

The Program also invites applications for the Garwood Teaching Fellowship.  The Garwood Teaching Fellowship can be for one semester or the academic year.  Garwood Teaching Fellows teach at least one undergraduate course in the Department of Politics on statesmanship and presidential leadership, subject to sufficient enrollment and  approval of the Dean of the Faculty.  Depending on the needs of the University, additional teaching opportunities may be available, again subject to enrollment and approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowships

Early-career scholars without ongoing positions, who have recently received their Ph.D. degree, may apply for fully funded, 12-month Postdoctoral Research Associate appointments for the year, with the option of renewal for an additional academic year, contingent on good performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment, and are expected to devote full time to their proposed research.  They are also encouraged to attend or participate in various activities of the Program, including faculty-graduate student seminars, colloquia, and public lectures. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their Princeton appointment.  Postdoctoral fellowship applicants are subject to Princeton University’s background check policy. 

Undergraduate Fellows Forum

Princeton undergraduates with interests in politics and law are eligible to join the Undergraduate Fellows Forum, which provides opportunities for discussion with Madison Program Fellows and distinguished visitors and, in cooperation with other universities, participation in an annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference.  Opportunities available exclusively to members of the Forum include private meetings with notable guests, such as cabinet secretaries and Supreme Court justices, and private group discussion dinners with each of the Madison Program’s scholars-in-residence.  The Forum’s intention is to foster a hospitable intellectual environment for undergraduate students to seek a better understanding of constitutional politics and the moral and philosophic dimensions of political life. The Undergraduate Fellows Forum welcomes applications from all students committed to a spirit of open inquiry and serious intellectual engagement.