Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowships

The application for 2019-20 Graduate Prize Fellowships will be posted in late January 2019 with an early March 2019 deadline.

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 2019-20 academic year; those who intend to do fieldwork or research away from Princeton for extended periods of time in 2019-20 are not eligible.

Graduate Prize Fellowships provide a stipend for twelve months. (In 2018-19, the stipend is $36,000 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.

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 Regin Davis,