Interested in Becoming an RGS?

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Dean' Kulkarni encourages you to consider an exciting opportunity for graduate students to live in and participate actively in the life of the undergraduate residential colleges (described more fully at

The Resident Graduate Student (RGS) program is intended to enhance the residential college experience and help foster a fully integrated campus community that unites under- graduates of all four years, graduate students and faculty across the disciplines, and staff. RGSs will be appointed by the head of the college as full members of the college fellowship, living in a furnished graduate student suite, taking meals in the dining hall, and participating in the intellectual and social life of the college along with faculty fellows, visiting scholars, and other members of the Princeton community.

Each resident graduate student will be expected to draw upon their interests to make a meaningful contribution to college life. Opportunities will vary, but may include: coordinating fellowship applications; assisting with the fellows’ program; running a film series; coordinating music programming; assisting the director of student life with the residential college advisers or social programming; facilitating intramural sports competitions; and assisting the director of studies with academic and intellectual programming. The specific role will be determined, finally, in consultation with the head of the residential college.

The position has been structured to support a graduate student’s timely completion of their degree program. RGSs will be expected to spend ten (10) hours a week on college activities, including meals taken in the college with undergraduates. RGSs will remain eligible to be appointed as an AI and the position will have no effect on a student’s external or university- based funding. In addition to the educational benefits, this program provides partially subsidized accommodations, fully subsidized 125-meal block plans, and parking (in a student lot). Normally, a continuing RGS will be able to remain in their suite over the summer.

All Princeton University graduate students who expect to be enrolled in good standing are eligible, including both Ph.D. (regularly enrolled and in DCE status) and Master’s candidates. Graduate students who are married or have domestic partnerships may apply, but the suites cannot accommodate those with children or other dependents.

Informational sessions about this exciting opportunity will be held as follows:

  Rockefeller and Mathey Colleges – Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Mathey Common Room, Mathey College

  Butler and Wilson Colleges – Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., Old Graduate College Common Room at the GC

  Forbes and Whitman Colleges – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., Whitman Common Room, Whitman College

If you are unable to attend an information session and have questions about this opportunity, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document on the website. If you have further questions, write to

Application materials, available at, must be submitted by noon on January 21, 2016. Please note that all references are also due at that time; you may request recommendations through the online application and return to complete the essay portion of the application at a later time. Interviews will be conducted in February, and decisions will be communicated to the candidates before the deadline to register for the graduate housing draw.