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Visiting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar program is available to a limited number of mature scholars who wish to engage in research, usually as part of a paid sabbatical leave from another institution. Individuals applying for Visiting Scholar status receive the following privileges:

  1. Use of the Seminary library, which includes borrowing privileges and access to the library research databases, as well as borrowing privileges at the Firestone Library at Princeton University
  2. Auditing classes (with prior approval of the professor(s) coordinated through the registrar’s office)
  3. Attending public lectures and Seminary community events
  4. Furnished Seminary apartments at a reduced rent (rental rates available upon request)

The Seminary is not able to guarantee private study space but there are many accommodating spaces in the library, including lockers for storing belongings and books. We do not offer personal computers or printers. There are no requirements for lectures or other services asked of the visiting scholar. Please note that the Seminary is not able to offer occasional employment or compensation of any kind.

Visiting scholars are required to provide their own medical insurance coverage for themselves and accompanying spouses and dependents in advance of their arrival in Princeton. For our international applicants, our immigration liaison can provide additional information.

Application Process: The application process for the 2022-23 academic year is now closed. The Seminary will begin accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year on September 1, 2022.

Campus Health and Wellness Guidelines: Please note that even if you apply and are accepted into the program, your ability to come to our campus must be in total compliance with the Seminary Health and Wellness Guidelines (available on the Princeton Theological Seminary website) as well as the regulations issued by the state of New Jersey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These policies and regulations change frequently.

Global South Scholarship: The Princeton Theological Seminary Class of 1961 holds a scholarship fund for Visiting Scholars from the Global South. This is a scholarship fund that is currently available to scholars, church leaders, or theologians from a developing country of the Global South who otherwise would not be able to study at Princeton Seminary. The Visiting Scholar committee and a representative from the Class of 1961 reviews grant applications and makes award recommendations to the President of the Seminary. The qualifying factors for grant recipients are financial need, the contribution that the candidate is making or could make to theological education in their country, and how that contribution would be enhanced by study and research at Princeton Seminary. A grant application is available upon request.

Additional Information and Assistance: Please direct any questions to Catherine Ahmad, deputy to the president, at catherine.ahmad@ptsem.edu.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Youth Minister at Busbridge and Hambledon Church, Surrey, U.K.

Antonin Ficatier, Class of 2016

“What I like about working in an international church is that I’m always reminded that I’m a foreigner, that the land is not mine and I’m just a passenger on this journey.”