Graduate Scholars Program

The Princeton Grad Scholars Program (GSP) is an exciting new experience for entering first-year graduate students and pre-doctoral students from diverse backgrounds designed to enhance and support academic, social, and community development during their initial graduate school experience. 

The program has three goals:

(1) to empower participants to take an intentional and strategic approach to their graduate education

(2) to educate students about how to access the myriad resources available to them at Princeton

(3) to develop a sense of community by connecting graduate students across disciplinary boundaries   

The program has two major components: monthly seminars and mentorship with a Grad School dean or staff member. 

Scholars meet six to eight times over the academic year for “seminar/workshop” sessions that focus on the transition to graduate education at Princeton. Potential topics include:

  • Developing skills for time and task management to promote balance and success
  • Budgeting and financial planning for graduate school and beyond
  • Building your academic and non-academic community at Princeton
  • Developing positive practices for physical, emotional, and psychological self-care
  • Preparing for academic and non-academic career pathways
  • Writing support and workshops 

Each student is assigned to a dean or staff member in the Graduate School who will serve as an mentor to them during their first academic year. The mentor will help students think about the non-academic aspects of their lives as graduate students and serve as a complement to departmental advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies. Students will meet with their mentor 1-2 times a semester. In addition, we will have dinners, service projects, and other social events to help build community within the cohort. 

Check out our Kaleidoscope Newsletter which has a page dedicated to GSP with all of our events and programs! 

Please contact Dean Renita Miller ( with any questions regarding the program. 


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