Applications to the School of Social Science 2020-21

Ben Felton

Each year, approximately 25 scholars are selected as Members in the School of Social Science. A completed doctorate or equivalent is required by the application deadline. Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels. They are for the full academic year only unless the scholar is from a country with an academic calendar that is substantially different than the one in the U.S., in which case single-term Memberships will be considered. Scholars may be considered for a second residency if a sufficient amount of time has passed since their initial Membership.

Members are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the seminars. The theme for 2020-21 is "Science and the State," but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. An interdisciplinary dialogue will be fostered and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme.

Funding for Member stipends is individually negotiated, taking into account the applicant’s base salary and the level of sabbatical and other grant support that he or she can secure. In setting compensation, the School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum stipend of $75,000.


Applications are currently closed. Applications for 2021-2022 will open June 1, 2020.

Applications must be filed electronically through the Institute’s online application system. They will be accepted beginning June 1. The deadline is November 1. It is expected that the selection process will be completed by early January.

The application requires online submission of a research project, a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample. The sample must be in English, no longer than 50 pages, and in Adobe Acrobat format. Two letters of reference are required; three is the maximum allowed.

To begin or continue work on your application click here. When you have completed the application and are ready to submit it, remember that you will not be able to make any changes after submission. It is possible, when relevant, to apply for both the School of Social Science and the School of Historical Studies, but the email address provided must be a different one for each application. IMPORTANT: You should receive an email confirmation that the application has been received. If you have not received this within one day, please email an inquiry to

In the upcoming academic year, the Institute will again take part in a program sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies: the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars. Thanks to funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships support more adventurous, more wide-ranging, and longer-term patterns of research than are current in the humanities and related social sciences. Applicants must submit to ACLS a research plan typically covering a 3 - 5 year period, during which time one year could be spent as a Member at the Institute, either in the School of Historical Studies or the School of Social Science. Qualified candidates who would like to apply for affiliation with either School of the Institute for Advanced Study under the auspices of this program should visit ACLS’s website (