Summer Funding for Research and Language Study


Provision for summer support during all years of a student's program is offered to Ph.D. students in the Humanities and Social Sciences departments through University Fellowships, which are full, 12-month fellowships.  However, for Humanities and Social Sciences students who require supplemental funds for summer travel -- especially for language study, dissertation fieldwork, archival research abroad, or other costly academic initiatives -- there may be additional funds available from one of our many inter-disciplinary programs.

Students in the Natural Sciences and Engineering departments are normally supported during the summer by their academic departments with fellowships and/or research assistantships and are not eligible.

The following inter-disciplinary programs work together with each other, academic departments, and the Graduate School to provide Humanities and Social Sciences students with supplemental funding to support summer activities related to academic work. Each program has unique eligibility criteria and application requirements. Please review the information for the programs below to explore summer funding opportunities for which you may be eligible:

Application Process

Students must apply for summer funding in January/February of each year for consideration. To apply for funding from the programs listed above, students should create an application by setting up a single project for their proposed activity in SAFE (Student Activities Funding Engine). This project should be set up as a “research” activity in SAFE, per the following guidelines:

  • Requests for funding from the participating programs listed above will only be accepted through your SAFE project; you can apply for funding from multiple programs (as well as departmental funding) using this single project. There is no limit to the number of funding opportunities a student can apply to with one application.
  • Each program may require supplemental materials and/or requirements which are outlined in the program’s specific funding opportunity.  Any supplementary information that is required can be included in your SAFE application.
  • The deadline to apply for funding from the programs listed above is February 15th at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
  • Awards from the programs will be announced via SAFE sometime after mid-April.
  • Depending on the program, funds are usually paid in May via direct deposit, allowing students to make advanced, lower cost travel reservations or to pay tuition for language study away from Princeton.
  • If you have any questions regarding eligibility, supporting documents, or similar, please contact each program directly.