Invitation for Visiting Fellowship 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 college and university professors and other professionals with established records of scholarship to apply for appointments as Visiting Fellows for the academic year running from September 1, 2024 to June 1, 2025.  One-semester appointments are possible but not preferred. Depending on the needs of the University, teaching opportunities may be available, subject to sufficient enrollment and approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

All James Madison Program Visiting Fellows will spend an academic year (9-month term) in residence at Princeton University or the local vicinity, or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus daily, and on short notice, in order to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation. They enjoy access to Firestone Library and a wide range of other facilities and activities throughout the University.

Visiting Fellows are expected to devote full time to their proposed research. They are encouraged, however, to attend or participate in various activities of the Program, including faculty-student seminars, colloquia, and public lectures.

All James Madison Program Fellows must have a doctorate or equivalent degree. Positions are open to all regardless of citizenship. Fellows normally receive a stipend of one-half their academic-year salary plus a living allowance. The fellows’ home institutions are expected to provide at least half of their academic-year salaries.

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

Selected candidates will be asked to either submit a confidential statement indicating salary for the current academic year (September 1, 2023 – June 1, 2024) or provide written authorization for Princeton to confirm their salary.

For priority consideration application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1, 2023 for appointments beginning in September 2024. 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:

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.