About the Society
The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, comprised of recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities and selected social and natural sciences, seeks to promote innovative interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching. Fellowships are awarded to candidates who are at the beginning of their academic career and have already demonstrated both outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. Three to five postdoctoral fellows are appointed each year for three-year terms in residence to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic host department, in the Program in Humanistic Studies, or in other university programs. The total number of postdoctoral fellows is between 12 and 15. The fellowships carry with them an appointment as Lecturer in the fellow's host department. Fellows are provided with a shared office, a personal computer, a research account and access to university grants, benefits and other resources.
The Cotsen Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellows meet for social and intellectual events that include a weekly seminar which fellows are expected to attend regularly, and where they present their work-in-progress. 2013-2014 included seminars on subjects such as "Disegno and the Practice of Visual Philosophy in Early Modern Europe"; "Humanism and Translation in the Early Black Atlantic"; “Putting the 'Eastern Barbarians' in their place: Relations between Tang, Koguryŏ and Bohai reconsidered"; "Ripples in the sky: a cosmological journey to confirm (and challenge) concordance"; "Being a Gender: Notes Towards a New Theoretical Framework"; "Goethe’s Notebooks on Morphology: On Poetry and the Frustration of Method." In addition, the Society sponsored lectures on the arts, readings of new fiction and poetry, and informal lunches with editors, journalists, and visiting scholars in the humanities.
The Society gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of fellowships by Charter Trustee Lloyd E. Cotsen, and additional fellowships by the family of A.William Haarlow III '63 as well as several Princeton academic programs and faculty members: The Humanities Council (Behrman, Perkins Fellowships and The Cone Fund for the Humanities); Fund for Reunion/Princeton BTGALA (LGBT Studies); President and Dean of the Faculty at Princeton University (Race and Ethnicity Studies); Programs in East Asian Studies, Hellenic Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies; the Woodrow Wilson School (International Development); Woodrow Wilson Foundation (Link Fellowship); Mellon Foundation through grants to Professors Anthony Grafton (History of the Book), Peter Schäfer (Judaic Studies) and Ben Elman (East Asian Studies); and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences (Russell, Spitzer, and NSF Fellowships).
For the 2014-2017 competition, we received 821 applications for five postdoctoral fellowships.
New Fellows 2014-2017
Andrew Hamilton, Ph.D., History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Eric Huntington, Ph.D., South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Sara Pursley, Ph.D., History (Middle East), The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Fund For Reunion-Cotsen Fellowship in LGBT Studies
David Minto, Ph.D., History, Yale University
Humanistic Studies Fellowship
Mira Siegelberg, Ph.D., History, Harvard University