Funding for DCE Students

Enrolled Ph.D. students who have not completed their degree within their department's normal program period (either four or five years) have the opportunity to be enrolled for up to two additional years in Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status.

Students in DCE status (in residence or in absentia) are not guaranteed University support.  Therefore it is recommended that students going into DCE status for the first time stay in close contact with their departments about the various sources of financial support available to them and the likely timing of such support.  They are encouraged to seek out and apply for external funding or work with their departments to obtain a research or partial teaching appointment. 

There are, however, three instances in which students in DCE status are guaranteed support from the University. These are 1) students eligible for an extra term of enrollment and support under the Childbirth and Adoption Accommodation Policy; 2) students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who have banked a year of funding for use in their first year of DCE status because they held a qualifying external fellowship during their regular enrollment; and 3) students accepted into the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton (IHUM) who receive an additional year of fellowship support in their sixth year of study.

In addition to the provisions above, there is a tuition grant program for students in DCE status.  The tuition grants cover the full DCE tuition expense. To qualify for a tuition grant, students must meet one of the following two criteria:

  • Hold an AI appointment for at least 2 hours, with eligibility determined on a per term basis. 
  • Hold an external fellowship with a stipend that is at least 60% of either the University Fellowship stipend rate or the AR stipend rate (both calculated on a 10 month basis).