Supplementary Information for Applicants and Members

Selectivity of the Competition

A total of 529 applications for membership were received and considered by the School of Historical Studies in its competition for memberships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholars from 44 different countries applied. Applicants spanned a wide geographic range, with submissions from not only North America and Europe (East and West) but from regions as far flung as Latin America, Africa, East and South Asia to and the Middle East. Approximately 11% of those applicants were ultimately accepted for membership and will join the School as Members in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The incoming group of Members will include citizens of 14 countries, from four different continents. Among the U.S. institutions represented are both public and private universities and also small liberal arts colleges. The pool of applicants is different every year, but we trust that this description of our most recent competition will help to give a sense of the diversity of both the applicant pool and the group of scholars that the School selects.

Term Dates

The term dates for the 2020-21 academic year are: first term, September 21 to December 18, 2020; second term, January 11 to April 2, 2021.

Members coming for the fall term only or for both terms are welcome to arrive as early as September 1. Members coming for the spring term only or for both terms may stay until July 31st if they wish.


The Institute maintains apartments for its members. In 2020-2021 the subsidized rentals will range from $1005 a month for an efficiency flat to $1,925 for the largest three-bedroom "townhouse" apartment. The monthly rent includes heat and utilities. Rental rates for the 2020-21 academic year have not been set.


For the academic year 2020-2021 financial support for most successful candidates will be available up to a maximum of $78,000 for two terms (six months, September to April), or a maximum of $39,000 for one term (three months, September to December). A few senior scholars will be offered additional funding to help make up for losses in salary. Stipends may be supplemented by other grants, including sabbatical salaries, but if the total exceeds the salary at the time of application the Institute stipend will be reduced accordingly. Institute stipends are intended to replace lost salary to fund Members; they are not intended to pay for teaching replacements in Members’ home institutions. Please note that some grants are incompatible with an Institute membership.

Scholars with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding, or other means are encouraged to apply for a non-stipendiary membership.


The Institute will provide limited reimbursement for travel expenses to incoming Members from outside the Princeton area if a travel grant from another source is not available. Travel reimbursement is based on the distance traveled, up to the amounts indicated below. (The amount indicated will be doubled if the scholar is accompanied by family members.)

Local Travel (NY/Philadelphia corridor): $50
U.S. & Canada (Beyond NY and Philadelphia areas): $500
Western Europe & South America: $1,000
Eastern Europe , Russia & Middle East : $1,500
Asia, Africa, Oceania : $1,750


Applications and supporting materials must reach the School's Administrative Officer by October 15 of the year preceding that for which application is made. Each year the School receives many more applications than it is able to accept because of its limited funds and facilities, and for this reason the success of an application cannot be assured.