School of Natural Sciences -- Visiting Member Fellowships

Funding Agency:
Institute for Advanced Study

The School of Natural Sciences includes nine permanent faculty and approximately fifty postdoctoral men and women working full time on frontier topics in astrophysics, biology, mathematical physics, quantum field theory, particle phenomenology, string theory and quantum gravity.

Members of the Institute are free to work on any problems in which they are interested. In any given year, some of the members will collaborate with each other, with relevant Institute faculty members, with members of the physics and astronomy faculties at Princeton University, or with scientists at other institutions. The research in mathematical physics and string theory benefits from a strong synergistic activity involving the School of Mathematics and the School of Natural Sciences. The Institute programs in physics and astronomy are closely integrated with the corresponding activities at Princeton University via joint seminars and lunches, as well as frequent informal contacts. Research in biology is pursued with the Simons Center for Systems Biology and is focused on developing general theoretical principles that are unique to living matter.

Postdoctoral members are typically appointed for three years. For a few members of exceptional promise and scientific maturity, longer term (five year) memberships are available. A small number of senior scientists can usually be accommodated on sabbatical leave.

The School of Natural Sciences will have several openings for members for the academic year 2024-2025. The positions are at a postdoctoral or higher level in the areas of theoretical astrophysics, biology, cosmology, mathematical physics, quantum field theory, particle phenomenology, string theory and quantum gravity. 

We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and mid-career scientists (5-10 years from PhD).

The deadline for application for memberships in physics and astrophysics is November 15. 

Applications in biology and requests for further information can be submitted at any time to

Agency Website



Amount Description

INSTITUTE STIPENDS will normally be offered up to a maximum of $75,000 for the full academic year, or $37,500 for one term. A few senior scholars will be offered additional funding to help make up for losses in salary. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows
Women and minorities encouraged


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 15, 2023