Visiting Research Fellowships
Academic Year 2015-2016
The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a limited number of Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowships in Hellenic Studies for scholars in the humanities, or the social sciences, as well as writers, or artists from Greece and other overseas countries (i.e., not the United States or Canada) who wish to spend time in residence at Princeton pursuing independent research projects, free of teaching and other obligations.
These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and normally offered annually. 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 below. On occasion, shorter term appointments may be possible for writers-in-residence or artists-in-residence, or scholars who have been prior recipients of a visiting research fellowship or other Hellenic Studies fellowship at Princeton University.
Fall term appointments are from September 1, 2015 to December 15, 2015 (3 ½ months). Spring term appointments are from January 15, 2016 to May 30, 2016 (4 ½ months). Summer appointments are from June 15, 2016 to August 16, 2016 (2 months). The lengths and terms of the appointments will be determined by the Committee on Hellenic Studies. 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. They enjoy full access to the University's library, archival, and computing resources. Fellows are provided shared workspace at the Hellenic Studies office, as well as access to the Hellenic Studies Reading Room in the University Library. No secretarial services or office supplies are available to fellows. Computing support is available through the University’s Office of Information Technology. Before their departure, fellows are required to submit a report on their scholarly activities at Princeton.
Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowships normally provide a monthly salary of $3,943. 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 and moving arrangements and expenses as well as finding and securing their own housing in Princeton.
Eligibility: (a) 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 “Law 407” adjunct appointments at Greek institutions will also be considered; (b) professionals who are affiliated with Greek institutions: libraries, museums, the Archaeological Service, governmental agencies, etc.; (c) independent scholars (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; (d) 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.
The Committee may consider applications from individuals who have already held a Stanley J. Seeger Research 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.
Language Requirement: Fellows are expected to be fluent in English.
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. The maximum occupancy for each apartment is two persons, and pets are not permitted. A monthly lease allowance, not to exceed $2,400 per month, 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 DSL). 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.
Candidates are required to apply online at
Criteria for Awards: The Committee on Hellenic Studies makes fellowship awards on the basis of several criteria: (a) scholarly accomplishment in a discipline of the humanities or the social sciences, and overall academic excellence and promise; (b) potential contribution to an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Princeton; (c) significance and quality of the research proposal in definition, clarity, organization, and scope; (d) potential future impact on the field of Hellenic Studies through teaching and writing; (e) ability to benefit from and contribute to Hellenic Studies at Princeton. Applications are reviewed both by specialists in the candidate’s academic discipline and by an interdisciplinary group of senior scholars. 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. Fellows may not hold other fellowships or appointments during the term of their fellowship. All appointments are subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty. A phone or skype interview may be requested.
In reviewing applications, priority is given to: (a) projects that will be facilitated by research specifically at Princeton; (b) first-time applicants; (c) early career applicants, especially those who have not previously worked in the United States; (d) applicants who are on regular, paid leave from their home institution; (e) applicants working in a Hellenic Studies field, i.e., Classical Studies, Late Antique Studies, Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies.
DEADLINE: All materials submitted by applicants must be received by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, January 19, 2015. Fellowship awards will be announced mid March, 2015.
All non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents must ensure that they will be able to enter or remain in the U.S. and accept the fellowship.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.
Stanley J. Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies
Attn: Visiting Research Fellowship
Scheide Caldwell House
Princeton, New Jersey 08544, U.S.A.