If you are considering graduate work in Near Eastern Studies, this site should tell you most of what you need to know about the possibilities for such study at Princeton.
Princeton has considerable attractions to offer you. It has a large and well-known faculty, an unusually good library, five-year funding, and a pleasant small-town environment. These are not, however, the factors that should weigh most heavily with you if and when you come to choose between Princeton and the handful of other American universities offering comparable programs.
If you have been an undergraduate at an American institution, you have probably been exposed to a large and frequently changing cast of faculty. Graduate life is different: graduate students spend most of their years of study working closely with two or three faculty at most. Choosing them is more important than choosing the institution they happen to belong to.
For prospective graduate students the faculty profiles are the most important feature of this Web site and may be found under the People tab on the menu at left. You should read them all, since taken together they tell you a great deal about the character and resources of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. It is for this reason that we have included not just core faculty in the Near Eastern Studies Department, but also part-time faculty, emeriti, and faculty in other departments. You should, however, pay special attention to the profiles of the Department's core faculty. If there are two or three faculty members whose interests and approaches mesh with yours, apply for admission to the Department.
To help you explore the interests of relevant faculty, we have included a section entitled "representative publications" in the profile of each full-time member of the Department. If you want to know us better, the first thing that you can do is to read some of what we have written.
Please note that the deadlines for many Middle Eastern language summer training courses offered by language institutions in the Middle East are prior to an applicant’s acceptance into the NES PhD program. An applicant may wish to apply to such a language course. Should she or he be accepted into the NES PhD program, Princeton University might be able to provide funds to help cover the expenses for such a summer course.