The Seminary offers its facilities to a limited number of mature scholars who wish to engage in research, ideally meant for a scholar on sabbatical leave from their institution. Such persons may apply for status as visiting scholars for one semester or the academic year, September through May, which will grant them one or more privileges in regard to the use of the Seminary’s resources: namely, the Seminary's library and Firestone Library of Princeton University, auditing classes, and low-rental furnished apartments are among the privileges extended. The Seminary's visiting scholar program is for individuals whose primary purpose for residence is to conduct independent research.
Those interested in applying for Visiting Scholar privileges must fill out an application form and send a current CV or resumé and a brief proposal (500 words) outlining your research topic.
The deadline for applications is November 15 for the following academic year. Applicants are notified by January 31 regarding action taken on their application. Short-term research periods over the summer months of June and July are also considered separately; please use the same application form to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to apply online using the appropriate link below.
Those who prefer to submit their application by mail may do so by completing the Visiting Scholar Application Form (pdf) and mailing it to:
Visiting Scholar Program
Princeton Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 821
Princeton, NJ, 08542-0803
Applicants may also email this form as an attachment to:
* Please note that the application form must be accompanied by the applicant's current CV or resumé and a brief proposal (500 words) outlining your research topic.
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