Invitation for Postdoctoral Research Associate Applications

The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University is dedicated to the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. Sponsored by Princeton's Department of Politics, the Program seeks to enrich the intellectual life of Princeton students and faculty by exploring American constitutional principles and structures through research and public discussion.

The Program invites recent Ph.D. recipients to apply for appointments as Postdoctoral Research Associates or more senior researchers for the year from September 1, 2024 to September 1, 2025. Appointments will be through the Department of Politics. All James Madison Program researchers are expected be in residence in Princeton or the local vicinity, or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus daily, and on short notice, to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation, office hours, and the like. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their Princeton appointment. They enjoy access to Firestone Library and a wide range of other facilities and activities throughout the University. Depending on the needs of the University, teaching opportunities may be available, subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty. Researchers appointed in the Madison Program are expected to devote full time to their proposed research. They are, however, encouraged to attend or participate in various activities of the Program, including faculty-student seminars, colloquia, and public lectures.

The position is a fully funded, 12-month postdoctoral research associate appointment with benefits. All James Madison Program Postdoctoral Research Associates are required to have a Ph.D. degree awarded within the last three years (no earlier than September 1, 2021). All requirements for the Ph.D. must be met by June 30, 2024. Applications are evaluated on the basis of (1) the significance of the proposed research; (2) the quality of the applicant's past research; and (3) the future contribution the applicant is likely to make to higher education. Positions are open to all regardless of citizenship. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit an online application at

A complete application must include the following:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a scholarly paper written in the past three years;
  • a statement (no more than 1,500 words) describing the proposed research;
  • contact information for two references.

For priority consideration, application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1, 2023; applications will continue to be reviewed until positions are filled. Awards will be announced in March 2024 or before.

Please address any inquiries to:
Shilo Brooks, Ph.D.
Executive Director
James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Princeton University
83 Prospect Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08540
E-mail: [email protected] / Web address:

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