Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowships


The Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship program is intended to recognize and support post-generals Princeton University graduate students with distinguished academic records in any discipline whose dissertation research centrally involves the critical study of human values. In addition to providing tangible support, a main purpose is to enable people working on topics in human values to engage with each other both informally and in the faculty-led fellows’ seminar, where they present their work in progress.

The principal considerations in the selection of fellows will be the promise of excellence in an applicant’s dissertation work, the applicant’s capacity to contribute constructively to the fellows’ group and the likelihood that participation in the program will help to shape and improve the applicant’s dissertation. Accordingly, preference will be given to applicants who are in the relatively early stages of work on their dissertations. Except in extraordinary cases, we do not expect to support students who would be beyond their fifth year of enrollment during the fellowship year. Fellows are expected to be enrolled and in residence during the 2017-18 academic year; those who intend to do fieldwork or research away from Princeton for extended periods of time are not eligible.

Graduate Prize Fellowships provide a stipend for twelve months. (In 2016-17, the stipend is $34,000 and may be adjusted for next year.) The stipend will replace the student’s University fellowship stipend during the Graduate Prize Fellowship term. Fellows are expected to make substantial progress towards completion of their dissertations and to participate regularly in the fellows’ seminar. They will also be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center. Fellows may not take on any teaching or paid employment during the term of the fellowship.

Application Procedure

The deadline for submission of all student application materials was Monday March 6, 2017 for fellowships beginning September 2017.  The names of the recipients of the Graduate Prize Fellowships was announced in May 2017.

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