CITP Emerging Scholars in Technology Policy


  • The goal of the CITP Emerging Scholars program is to train scholars who have completed their undergraduate studies but require more coursework or research preparation to improve their chances of admission to highly competitive Ph.D. programs or another competitive career path. The program provides intensive research and/or work experience, coursework, and mentoring. The ideal outcome for participants is to either enter a competitive graduate program or to find an impactful placement in government, nonprofits, or the private sector. The Emerging Scholars program is for people who have received a bachelor’s degree (or will receive one by the time of appointment) in fields such as computer science, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, information science, communication, philosophy, and other related technology policy disciplines.
  • CITP Emerging Scholars program is part of the CITP Fellows program and its participants are hired as salaried research specialists for a period of two years to conduct research under the direction of a faculty mentor and will receive all benefits associated with their status as regular University staff.

CITP Emerging Scholars Responsibilities

  • The scholars will work with a faculty mentor on research and policy projects and will take 1-2 classes per semester. Tuition for these courses is paid by the program.
  • The scholars will participate in the intellectual life of the center by attending CITP’s regular events and fellows meetings. During the academic year, CITP hosts several public and private events including weekly lunch seminars, panels, workshops, technology policy clinic meetings and reading groups. The Emerging Scholars will be housed within CITP’s Fellows Program that also hosts several postdoctoral scholars, visiting professionals and professors. The Emerging Scholars will attend activities organized for the fellows including regular fellows meetings.

CITP Emerging Scholars Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree is required at the time of appointment.
  • Successful candidate will begin the program commencing in August of the year they are selected.
  • If CITP is operating in person at the time of the appointment, selected candidates will be required to be in residence in Princeton or the local vicinity, or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus on a daily basis and on short notice in order to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation.

CITP Emerging Scholars Application Process

The application period has been closed for the 2021-22 year. An application link will be found here when the application process is re-opened for future years. 

Interested applicants must submit:

  • CV
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Two recommendation letters from references (at least one academic reference), which should be sent directly from the letter writer to email address .
  • Statement of purpose: Applicants must provide information about:
    (1) how their background and training has prepared them for this position
    (2) projects they might want to work on if accepted (to learn more about research and policy done at CITP please visit, and to learn more about projects potential mentors are working on please visit our emerging scholars mentors page
    (3) what they hope to gain from the program  in terms of their long term and short term career goals

If you have any questions, please contact either the Faculty Director Arvind Narayanan () or the Program Director Tithi Chattopadhyay ().

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I have master’s degree?
Yes. The program is flexible and we are happy to tailor the mix of coursework and hands-on training to each applicant.

Do I have to be a recent graduate?
Not at all. In particular, the program could be an ideal opportunity for candidates who’ve been working for a few years and are looking to change career paths: e.g. from industry to public-interest work or from nonprofits to academia.

Can international students apply, and will my visa be sponsored?*
We welcome applications from anywhere in the world. The position is eligible for employment related visa sponsorship. As with all visa eligible positions, a determination will be made only for final candidates at the time of offer.

What is the salary?
The salary is comparable to a starting salary in a technology and public policy role. Salaries will be discussed if the candidate is shortlisted for an interview.

Is there a fixed list of courses that program participants will take?
The curriculum is flexible. Participants will work with their faculty mentor to determine the number and composition of courses that best suits their needs.

Where should I upload my CV, transcript, and Statement of Purpose?
Please upload them in the “other documents” section of the application form.

How long should the Statement of Purpose be?
There is not a required minimum or maximum word count. The typical statement of purpose is two pages long.

Is an academic reference letter an absolute requirement to apply?
It is our recommendation that applicants have two reference letters and one be an academic reference letter. Reference letters are recommended but are not a requirement.

When are candidates interviewed and notified?
Candidates will be notified in mid-March regarding their status. We regret we are unable to answer individual inquiries.

* The F-1 STEM OPT extension does not apply to these positions. Princeton does not support permanent residency applications on behalf of staff members.