Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship in the University Center for Human Values

Please note: The deadline for submission of all application materials will be early-mid March 2016 for fellowships beginning September 2016. The exact application deadline will be posted in January 2016. Applications will be evaluated by the University Center’s Executive Committee.

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship 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 a 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.

The fellowships are for Princeton University graduate students only. Fellows must be enrolled for the duration of the fellowship and may not take on any teaching or other employment. Except in extraordinary cases, we do not expect to support students who would be beyond their fifth year of enrollment during the fellowship year.

Graduate Prize Fellowships provide a stipend of $33,000 for twelve months. (The stipend will substitute for the student's ongoing University fellowship stipend during the Graduate Prize Fellowship term.) Fellows are expected to make substantial progress towards completion of their dissertation and to participate regularly in the fellows' seminar. They will also be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center.

Application Procedure

Applicants will be asked to provide the following supporting materials:

  • a 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 50 double-spaced pages); 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.

In addition, applicants should arrange to submit an electronic version of their current and official graduate transcript.

For questions, please contact Maureen Killeen at 609-258-2739 or

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