Visiting Research Scholars

Visiting Research Scholars

The Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), part of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, invites outstanding researchers to apply for Visiting Research Scholar appointments.

CHW supports research on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries. Successful candidates will devote an academic year or a semester at Princeton to research, discussions, and scholarly collaborations concerned with the determinants of physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and the effects of public policy on health and wellbeing. Applications are welcome from researchers in a variety of disciplines, including medicine, psychology, biology, epidemiology, economics, sociology, and related social science disciplines.

Visiting Research Scholars participate in activities of CHW, including faculty-graduate seminars, workshops, and public lectures, and enjoy access to a wide range of other activities throughout the University. Scholars devote the major portion of their time to research and writing on issues related to health and wellbeing. Some Scholars may also be invited to teach contingent upon sufficient enrollments and with the approval of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Although most Scholars will stay for the entire academic year, applications for a single semester or a portion of a semester will be considered.

Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent degree. The program is open to all regardless of citizenship, but it does not support work toward the completion of a degree. Typically, Visiting Research Scholars must be employed at an institution other than Princeton during their visit. In exceptional cases we consider applications from independent scholars when there is a high level of scholarly achievement.

Scholars from academic institutions may be eligible to receive up to one-half their academic-year salaries from their home institutions for the appointment period. The amount that Princeton contributes to the scholar’s salary is based on the financial support provided by their home institution. Selected candidates will be asked to indicate, or provide written authorization for Princeton to confirm, what percentage of financial support their home institution and other sources are likely to provide during their visit, if any, and to submit a confidential statement indicating salary for the current academic year (September 2022 - July 2023) or provide written authorization for Princeton to confirm their salary.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of (1) the quality of their achievements in their field of specialization and their ability to benefit from the activities of CHW; (2) the significance of their proposed contribution to CHW's mission; and (3) the contribution they are likely to make to research in the future.

Applicants must apply online at and submit a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample such as research paper, book chapter, or a dissertation chapter, a statement of no more than 1,500 words describing how you plan to use your time at Princeton, and a brief statement of anticipated salary support from the home institution for the 2023-2024 academic year.

For full consideration, please apply by December 15, 2022. However, applications will continue to be reviewed until all available positions are filled. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in March 2023.

For more information about the Center for Health and Wellbeing, please visit its website at

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