Q. What kinds of interdisciplinary projects does IHUM support?
A. A strong proposal will demonstrate why the project requires intellectual and disciplinary resources beyond those available within the parameters of the home discipline and additional time for training and research. Because candidates accepted to the program receive a year of fellowship support, a strong proposal will also outline a program of study to be undertaken in the fourth year through which these additional resources will be accessed and activated (e.g., through course work, at Princeton or elsewhere; independent research; or other kinds of training, for example, in one of the arts or sciences). We recognize that while some projects may benefit from training within the boundaries of another traditional discipline, others may require a tailored mix of new methodologies and research areas. We encourage applicants to devise a fourth-year plan that will be maximally responsive to the problem at the heart of their dissertation, while recognizing that interdisciplinary training will extend over the dissertation-writing process. We are also especially interested in projects that find a way of addressing questions of theory and practice. We take seriously the contribution to understanding of doing what you write about—whether that it philosophy, or music, or biology—and welcome proposals that demonstrate an engagement with form as well as with content.