Microsabbaticals at Princeton Psychology

About the Program

Microsabbaticals at Princeton Psychology provide a several-week-long visit to our department for all early-career faculty, with a focus on groups that are historically under-represented in academia. The program focuses on professional development such as creating a long-term mentoring relationship, developing a skill, and/or starting a research collaboration with faculty in our department. The goal of this program is to address the leaky pipeline that continues to thwart faculty from under-resourced universities as they work to advance in their careers, by helping early-career faculty to develop their networks, gain mentors, and develop new skills.

The program supports short-term visits (from 2-4 weeks) for one to four faculty members per year. Each visiting faculty should have at least one local faculty host in the Department of Psychology. During the microsabbatical, visitors will have a chance to do some or all of the following:

  • Present their research to our community
  • Work with faculty mentors to acquire new skills that will benefit their research program and career development (e.g., particular research methods)
  • Investigate possible future collaborations with host faculty
  • Interact with trainees through a "Growing up in science" seminar and through participating in lab meetings
  • Expand their professional networks
  • Join department members for a few meals
  • Attend departmental talks and events

Travel, accommodations, and an honorarium are covered by the program.

Eligibility & Selection

Microsabbaticals are intended for early-career (not yet tenured) researchers, ideally (though not exclusively) on the tenure track, from groups historically excluded in the applicant’s current country of work. Applications should be written in consultation with the potential mentor(s) and can only be submitted by the Princeton faculty host. Preference will be given to researchers from universities with fewer opportunities for faculty to obtain mentoring and training in research, and to applications that include a detailed mentoring and visit plan, that demonstrate a good fit with the host lab(s), and with strong potential for creating long-term collaborations.

Applications for the 2024-2025 cycle are due March 25, 2024. Applications (~2 pages) should be submitted to [email protected] by the Princeton faculty host(s) and should detail the visit plan, why the mentor(s) are a good fit for the applicant, and the potential for future collaboration.

Participation in the Microsabbaticals at Princeton Psychology program does not imply or include employment or formal affiliation by or with the Department of Psychology or Princeton University.



Iván Carbajal (Assistant Professor, Oregon State University) — hosted by Erik Nook

Peggy St. Jacques (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta) — hosted by Ken Norman

Rachel Weissler (Assistant Professor, University of Oregon) — hosted by Adele Goldberg

Past Participants


Ryan Lei (Haverford College)

Kelly Minor (Winston-Salem State University)

Anahid Modrek (Thomas Jefferson University)

Amber Williams (California Polytechnic State University)


Vanessa Diaz (Virginia Tech)

Yasin Koc (University of Groningen)

Brandy Tiernan (Western Carolina University)