Graduate Research Fund

Summer Dissertation Support for Research in American Studies

The Program in American Studies invites applications for a small number of research grants to graduate students working towards doctoral degrees in departments associated with the program. We expect to make no more than three such awards:

  • Up to two grants, each for no more than $4,000, may go to students who are not yet committed to a particular dissertation topic, but who wish to use the research award to explore in a preliminary way the possibility of working on a topic dealing with American studies. The expectation is that these prizes will go to students for use during their first or second summers as Ph.D. students at Princeton. In addition to the summer funding application, applicants for these prizes need to submit:
    • A project proposal of up to five pages in length;
    • A research budget;
    • A letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor;
    • A C.V.;
    • A description of how they propose to use the resources we offer.
  • A third grant, in the amount of $5,000, may go to an exceptional post-enrollment student working on a dissertation that is seriously engaged with core American studies themes. In addition to the summer funding application, an applicant for this prize needs to submit:
    • A dissertation abstract;
    • At least one completed chapter from the dissertation;
    • A letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor;
    • A C.V.;
    • A description of how the applicant intends to use the prize money.

We expect grant recipients to present their work during the academic year in the Graduate Salon of the Program in American Studies and to participate in the American Studies Workshop and in other events and activities of the program.

Students must apply for these prizes through the University's SAFE website. The application deadline is February 15, with awards announced by May 1. Students applying for the first and second year prizes should look for the SAFE opportunity, “Summer Dissertation Research in American Studies”; post-enrolled students should look for “Summer Dissertation Funding for Post-enrolled Students in American Studies.”