Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowships

The UCHV is no longer accepting applications for 2018-19 Graduate Prize Fellowships.

The GPF program is intended to recognize and support post-generals 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 2018-19 academic year; those who intend to do fieldwork or research away from Princeton for extended periods of time in 2018-19 are not eligible.

Graduate Prize Fellowships provide a stipend for twelve months. (In 2017-18, the stipend is $35,000 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.

Those wishing to apply should submit an online application on the Global Programs System (search Program Name: Rockefeller and Show: Scholarship).  The direct link to the Fellowship application is Please log in to apply using your Princeton username and password. Applicants will be asked to provide the following supporting materials:

  • a current CV, which should include the length of the program in which the student is enrolled and their current year of enrollment;
  • a departmentally-approved dissertation prospectus with a descriptive title, together with a report of progress on research and writing to date and a plan for timely completion of the dissertation (if the applicant’s department does not require approval of a prospectus by the date of this application, please make note of the deadline for approval and submit a complete draft prospectus);
  • a dissertation chapter or other scholarly paper written in the past year (not to exceed 12,000 words); and
  • the names and contact information of two faculty referees (including the dissertation supervisor) who are familiar with the student’s work.  Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference.  Applicants should inform their referees of their intention to apply for the fellowship so that they have ample time to prepare letters; and
  • an unofficial graduate transcript.

The deadline for submission of all applicant materials was Wednesday March 7, 2018 for fellowships beginning September 2018.  The names of the recipients of the Graduate Prize Fellowships will be announced in May 2018.

Note on teaching and RA work during tenure of a Graduate Prize Fellowship:
Beginning in 2018-19 Graduate Prize Fellows will be permitted to teach in circumstances which are deemed by the University Center and the graduate student’s home department to be especially advantageous to the student’s degree completion and professional development. The primary intent of the Fellowship is to help students do excellent dissertation work on topics relevant to human values, so that only by special request and permission will students be permitted to teach while holding the fellowship. A similar rationale would apply to opportunities to work as a research assistant, which again would have to be approved by the University Center and the student’s home department as especially advantageous to the student’s professional development, for example in view of an intended co-authored publication with the faculty supervisor.

Questions may be directed to UCHV Assistant Director Maureen Killeen,