James Madison Program Fellowships

Funding Agency:
Princeton University

The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University is dedicated to the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. Sponsored by Princeton's Department of Politics, the Program seeks to enrich the intellectual life of Princeton students and faculty by exploring American constitutional principles and structures through research and public discussion.

The Program invites college and university professors and other professionals with established records of scholarship to apply for appointments as Visiting Fellows for the academic year.  One-semester appointments are possible but not preferred.  Among the research fellowships offered are the Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellowship and the William E. Simon Visiting Fellowship in Religion and Public Life. 

The Program also invites applications for the Garwood Teaching Fellowship.  The Garwood Teaching Fellowship can be for one semester or the academic year.  Garwood Teaching Fellows teach at least one undergraduate course in the Department of Politics on statesmanship and presidential leadership, subject to sufficient enrollment and  approval of the Dean of the Faculty.  Depending on the needs of the University, additional teaching opportunities may be available, again subject to enrollment and approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

Early-career scholars without ongoing positions, who have recently received their Ph.D. degree, may apply for fully funded, 12-month Postdoctoral Research Associate appointments for the year, with the option of renewal for an additional academic year, contingent on good performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment, and are expected to devote full time to their proposed research.  They are also encouraged to attend or participate in various activities of the Program, including faculty-graduate student seminars, colloquia, and public lectures. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their Princeton appointment.  Postdoctoral fellowship applicants are subject to Princeton University’s background check policy. 

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019

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Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 1, 2019