Princeton University's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) hosts post-doctoral or more senior research associates each academic year, whose work focuses on empirical research on democratic political processes and institutions. CSDP fellows pursue research and contribute to the intellectual life of the Center, the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and the Department of Politics. Our hope is that CSDP fellows will collaborate with our faculty or students on projects of mutual interest in addition to developing their independent research agendas on related topics.


We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion — fundamental to the success of our education and research mission.  This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.



Questions? Email [email protected] or phone Michele Epstein, Assistant Director of CSDP, 609-258-6493.

Application Information

CSDP is not currently accepting visiting scholar/postdoc fellowship applications. Those who applied prior to the December 1st deadline can anticipate email notification of decisions in February-March. (The online application system allows three days to revise your application, so automatically sends the email links to references approximately 72 hours after submission of the application. Applicants who submit their complete applications by the deadline, but whose letters are received during the following seven days, will not be disadvantaged.) 

We expect to be posting an invitation to apply for the next academic year by mid-October.  Please note that The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) at Princeton University does not sponsor or host visiting scholars other than those selected for ten-month appointments through this annual competitive application process. CSDP hosts Visiting Scholars/post-docs (selected through this competitive application process) only for appointments from September 1 to July 1. 

CSDP welcomes this year’s fellows:

See a list of Previous CSDP fellows.

Jacob R Brown
2022-2023 CSDP Fellow
Jared Clemons
2022-2023 Joint Fellow, CSDP and Politics
Hanno Hilbig
2022-2023 CSDP Fellow
Gregory Leslie
2022-2023 Joint Fellow, CSDP and Politics
Maria Silfa
2022-2023 CSDP Fellow