UCHV Fellows in Law and Normative Thinking for Academic Year 2024-25

The University Center for Human Values invites practitioners, faculty members of any discipline, independent scholars, and lawyers to apply for visiting residential fellowships for 2024-25. Scholars are expected to reside in or around Princeton or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus daily. The fellowship typically extends from September 1 to June 1. The Princeton University rank is Visiting Research Scholar. Fellows are paid monthly in nine equal installments.

Fellows will devote the full academic year to research, discussion, and scholarly collaboration on topics related to law and normative inquiry. Under exceptional circumstances, fellowships for one semester may be considered.  Scholars will participate in a seminar for Law-Engaged Graduate Students (which involves some mentoring of JD/PhD students) and in activities organized by Law@Princeton.

Applicants must have a doctorate, juris doctor, or an equivalent professional degree at the time of submission.

The selection committee looks closely at the research proposal. Successful applicants should demonstrate substantial expertise in law-related matters, but in explaining research projects, applicants should write for an audience of academic generalists (not necessarily lawyers). The selection committee will evaluate applicants on: the quality of their achievements in their field of specialization and their ability to benefit from the activities of the program; the quality and significance of their proposed research projects and writing sample; the contributions they are likely to make in the future to legal scholarship and practice and their ability to contribute to legal studies at Princeton. The program seeks to appoint scholars with mutual synergies and a balance between senior and junior scholars, domestic and international scholars, and those based in law schools or in the practice of law and those who are home are in other disciplines.

How to apply

Candidates must submit an online application.

Required materials:

  1. A cover letter explaining your intellectual trajectory and suitability for the fellowship
  2. A CV
  3. A research statement of maximum 1,000 words for a project to be pursued in the course of the fellowship
  4. A writing sample consisting of a single article or chapter (published or unpublished)
  5. Contact information for two referees

The deadline for submission is February 2, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST. Letters of reference should be submitted by the priority deadline of February 9, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST. The anticipated start date is on or about September 1, 2024, with some limited flexibility.

The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.