The School of Engineering and Applied Science invites advanced graduate students, early-stage postdoctoral fellows, and recent Ph.D. recipients to participate in Princeton Pathway into the Academy Program (PPIA).

This year-long career development program prepares early-stage researchers for faculty careers in engineering and computer science. The program offers structured support that supplements the guidance graduate students and postdoctoral fellows already receive from their advisors. It combines on-campus workshops along with virtual trainings and check-ins and other opportunities for ongoing mentorship and guidance.

Applicants must demonstrate excellent research and scholarship potential as well as teaching ability. Key selection criteria will include a record of research and teaching excellence and potential future impact in their field or discipline.

Faculty and leadership at Princeton believe diversity drives creativity, flexibility and innovation in the production of research and new knowledge. We bring together people across academic disciplines, from industry, non-profits and government, and from all nations and backgrounds in a collaborative culture to achieve breakthroughs of benefit to humanity.

Thus PPIA is especially interested in candidates with strong potential to contribute – through their research, teaching, lived experiences and service – to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Women and other historically underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines are encouraged to apply.


The School of Engineering and Applied Science will provide lodging and meals and funding for travel (up to $500).


Eligible participants include graduate students in the last year of Ph.D. programs and first-year postdoctoral fellows interested in seeking academic positions in engineering and computer science as represented at Princeton University. Applicants must have an excellent record of research productivity and demonstrate the ability to develop a rigorous research program.

Program Dates

This program will run from October 2019 - October 2020

How to Apply

Applicants may apply directly to the program or be nominated by a faculty member. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by September 7th. Applications who submitted post September 7th, will be considered as space allows.

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Faculty members

To nominate a participant, visit the nomination page. Nominated applicants will receive a formal invitation and link to apply via email.


  • Go to Application Portal
  • Fill out brief online application and upload
  • 1-page statement on long term career objectives and why you would like to attend this program
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • 1 letter of recommendation from an advisor


Intensive Workshop 1 October 23 - 25, 2019 - Princeton Campus


  • 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
  • Learn grant writing essentials

Monthly Workshops and Check-ins Completed Virtually


Virtual Workshop, CVs and strategies for looking for job postings
Group Work and Check-in, Refining job search strategies
Virtual Workshop, Writing the Research Statement
Group Work and Check-in, Refining Research Statements
Virtual Workshop, Writing the Teaching Statement
Group Work and Check-in, Refining Teaching Statements
Virtual Workshop, Writing the Diversity Statement
Group Work and Check-in, Refining Diversity Statements
Virtual Workshop, Preparing to Interview and Delivering Job Talks
Group Work and Check-in, Interviewing and Practice Job Talks
Group Work and Check-in, Job Talks

Intensive Workshop 2, October 2020 - Princeton Campus


  • Hone and polish application materials in preparation to launch into the academic job market
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to experience mock interviews and present job talks
  • Provide continued guidance and feedback on mock interview processes and job talks
  • Breakdown tenure processes—led by junior faculty to enhance:
    • Understanding of the tenure process and building an academic career
      • Productivity: managing research /teaching/service priorities
      • Recognition in the field—professional organizations and presentations
      • Elements of leadership—positions/grants and contracts
  • Understanding of the expectations of new faculty
  • Understanding of how to merge personal with professional priorities