Visiting Student Research Collaborators (VSRC)

The VSRC program is for an advanced degree candidate enrolled in a graduate program at another institution who comes to work with a specific faculty member on a collaboration or mutual research project on a short-term, nondegree basis. If a Princeton faculty sponsor has not been arranged, prospective applicants should first reach out to the Graduate Program Administrator of the department or program to which they intend to apply for assistance. Contacts can be found on our Fields of Study pages.


Application Submission Dates As early as six months, but no later than three months prior to your intended start date (See chart.)
Program Dates

Must begin on first day of the start month, end on the last day of the end month

Program Length One to twelve months (Cumulative)
Application Fee None


Application Requirements

  • Statement of academic research - brief statement describing your research project

  • Resume or curriculum vitae    

  • Home Institution Adviser Statement – confirmation of your enrolled graduate student status, nature of collaborative work and its relevance to your academic and scholarly progress

  • Register a sponsoring Princeton faculty member

  • Copy of your current passport (name page only) - international applicants only

  • Evidence of sufficient financial resources to cover the monthly financial requirements

    • Include a translation to English Language and U.S. currency if applicable

    • Bank statements and scholarship letters must include full name

    • Complete the Family Member or Relative Sponsor form if applicable

    • VSRCs receiving funding from the China Scholarship Council will need to provide additional funding along with scholarship letter

Visa Information

(International applicants only)

All international nondegree students must arrive in the U.S. with a valid F-1 or J-1 student visa. The Davis International Center will assist with the visa eligibility documents (I-20 for F-1 students or DS-2019 for J-1 students) after admission is offered.

Applicants who require additional accessibility assistance may contact [email protected].

BEgin YOUR FALL  VSRC ApplIcation

Courses, Teaching & Research

A VSRC may not enroll in courses for credit while at Princeton and will not receive an official transcript. A VSRC is understood by the nature of the appointment to be working full time on research. A VSRC may not be appointed as an Assistant in Instruction (AI) nor be approved by the University to hold any other kind of paid employment on or off campus.

Financial Support

VSRC Rates & Cost of Living 2024-25

For additional information on VSRC enrollment fees and funding eligibility, we encourage you to visit the Nondegree Financial Support section to learn about VSRC fees and student benefits.