The School of Engineering and Applied Science invites advanced graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to participate in Princeton Pathway into the Academy Program (PPIA).

It offers monthly open-access virtual workshops and faculty-led panels to  prepare early-stage researchers for faculty careers in engineering and computer science. The program offers structured support that supplements the guidance graduate students and postdoctoral researchers already receive from their advisors.

Who Should Participate?

Graduate students in the last year of Ph.D. programs, all postdoctoral fellows, and those early in their career in industry who are interested in seeking an academic position in engineering and computer science.

Program Dates

This program will run from January 2024-December 2024.

How to Apply

The Pathways into the Academy will be making some changes to enhance accessibility.  We will no longer be taking applicants. Instead, the program will be open access to all who are interested in joining the monthly sessions.

If you are interested in the program and would like to receive information about upcoming workshops, please reach out to Vishi Singh: to provide your contact information (email and phone number).


We will be kicking off our monthly sessions in January with faculty panels on Navigating the Faculty Job Search.

Faculty Panels


  • Enhance understanding of faculty roles and responsibilities
  • Demystify academic job search process and hiring criteria
  • Foster connections and facilitate networking
  • Introduce current junior and senior faculty who will describe their own pathways into the academy, and discuss: the tenure process and building blocks of an academic career
  • how to merge personal with professional priorities

Virtual monthly workshops and check-ins will cover

  • Constructing the CV and Publications List
  • Constructing an Effective Research Statement
  • Grant Writing
  • Writing Diversity and Teaching Statements
  • Introduction to Backward Design of Curricula
  • Creating Community in the Classroom
  • Managing Imposter Syndrome
  • Understanding the Interview Process
  • Constructing a Job Talk
  • Constructing a Chalk Talk
  • Portfolio Review
  • Practicing Job Talks and Chalk Talks

PPIA Cohorts