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Princeton University’s culture and unique characteristics are strengthened by its diversity. As articulated in the University’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion, which was included in the University’s Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, dated September 2013, “Princeton University is a community devoted to excellence in education and scholarship. We believe that only by including people with a broad range of experiences and perspectives are we able to realize our potential—to expand our capacity for teaching and learning, to increase opportunities for innovative research, and to equip students for lives of service and leadership in an increasingly pluralistic society. Thus, the goals of excellence and diversity are inextricably linked.”

In furtherance of these goals, the Department of Classics at Princeton University invites applications for a one-year, fully funded pre-doctoral Fellowship that includes an offer of regular admission to the Classics doctoral program for the following year (assuming steady academic progress). Our Predoctoral Program is open to all: we especially encourage applications from candidates who contribute to the University’s diversity—including members of groups that have been historically and are presently underrepresented in the academy (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities and individuals from low-income backgrounds). We also actively encourage applications from candidates who, because of their previous academic training and/or their personal and professional experiences, have the capacity to broaden the field of Classics and enhance access, diversity, and inclusion within it. Applicants must be legally authorized to work/study in the United States at the time of submitting the application.

The Fellowship is intended for students who would benefit from an additional year of training in Classics before formally entering our PhD program. The course of study will be individually tailored to the needs and background of each Fellow. In general, pre-doctoral Fellows will take two or three courses each semester from among our graduate and/or undergraduate offerings, supplemented by individual faculty mentoring and tailored instruction in methods of research. In the spring admitted students will develop, in consultation with the Department, a plan of funded study for the summer prior to the beginning of the academic program in the fall.

Please address questions to Prof. Joshua Billings ([email protected]).


December 15 — 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time

Applicants should use the regular admission application form. Under Field of Study Choice select Doctor of Philosophy in Classics first. As you make your way through the application, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Initiative. You would select "Yes" and continue with your application.

No Application Fee.

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Diversity Statement
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Grades
  • GRE : General Test optional

Instructions for uploading fall grades may be found at this link: 
Transcripts may also be sent directly to the Graduate School at this address: [email protected]

Additional Departmental Requirements: 

  • Sample of written work