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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). Members of groups 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) and those who have made active contributions to enhancing access, diversity, and inclusion in the field of Classics—are especially encouraged to apply. 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 before formally entering our PhD program. The field of Classics is broadly defined (including Greek and Latin Literature, Greek and Roman History, Classical Philosophy, and Reception Studies). 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 Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta ([email protected]).


November 15 — 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time

Applicants should use the regular admission application form. Under Field of Study Choice select Classics then click on Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

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