Visiting Research Scholar/Princeton University Fellows in Law

Application for Visiting Research Scholar/Princeton University Fellows in Law

The University Center for Human Values and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs invite practitioners, faculty members of any discipline, independent scholars, and lawyers to apply for visiting residential fellowships for 2023-24. Scholars are required to be in residence in Princeton or the local vicinity.

Fellows will devote an academic year to research, discussion, and scholarly collaboration on topics related to law and public affairs. Scholars will participate in a seminar for Law-Engaged Graduate Students (which involves some mentoring of JD/PhD students) and in activities organized by [email protected] The rank is Visiting Research Scholar or Visiting Professional Specialist.

Applicants must have a doctorate, juris doctor, or an equivalent professional degree at the time of submission. Appointments will be made by SPIA or UCHV. Scholars will affiliate with UCHV or a research center/program at SPIA. Applicants should indicate preferences in regard to affiliations and explain how they would benefit from and contribute to the mission of the center/program. A list of SPIA Centers/Programs can be found at

Priority will be given to candidates who are willing to teach one undergrad or grad course in SPIA or UCHV. This contribution may be fulfilled by teaching a course on a topic related to normative issues and law for UCHV, or law in public policy for SPIA. Princeton does not have a law school; the course should not be designed primarily for law students. Instead, it should fit a liberal arts undergraduate curriculum or a professional master's in public policy curriculum. All courses are contingent upon approval of the Dean of the Faculty, sufficient enrollments, and required approvals. 

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 would be well advised to write for an audience of academic generalists (not necessarily lawyers). We are particularly interested in potential scholars with interests in policy or in normative inquiry. 
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; their ability to contribute to legal studies at Princeton; and their ability to contribute to the curriculum of one of the two sponsoring units and the University generally. 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.

Scholars visiting from other universities may come with sabbatical support from their home institutions, which would allow them to maintain their full salaries over the course of the academic year. This is not a requirement for receiving a fellowship. Scholars not receiving full salary may be eligible to receive up to one-half of their academic-year salary for the appointment period.

Submit online at a cover letter; a CV; 1-2 page research statement for a project pursued in the course of the fellowship; a writing sample consisting of a single article or chapter (published or unpublished); and, if applicable, a teaching statement including a description of either one or two courses; as well as names of two persons to provide letters of reference. Verification of employment will be requested prior to approval by the Dean of the Faculty.

The deadline for submission is February 3, 2023, for full consideration. The anticipated start date is on or about September 1, 2023.

For more information send an email to [email protected] or call 1-609-258-2492.

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