Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Thesis Funding

American Studies

The American studies funding opportunity is intended for research on topics of history, literature, art, politics, society and culture of the Americas. A strong preference is given to projects that are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in nature.

Applicants are advised not to make any research-related purchases until notification that their applications have been approved.

Where travel is involved, all applicants must adhere to the guidelines set by the University.

Students may apply through the University’s SAFE system by searching for “American Studies Program Thesis Research Funding.”

Asian American Studies

The Asian American studies funding opportunity is open only to students in the Asian American studies program, and is intended for research on topics of Asian American history, literature, art, politics, society and culture within the context of the Americas. A strong preference is given to projects that are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in nature.

Where travel is involved, all applicants must adhere to the guidelines set by the University.

Students may apply through the University’s SAFE system by searching for “Asian American Studies Program Thesis Research Funding.”

Latino Studies

The Latino studies funding opportunity is open only to students in the Latino studies program, and is intended for research on topics of Latino history, literature, art, politics, society and culture within the context of the Americas. A strong preference is given to projects that are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in nature.

Where travel is involved, all applicants must adhere to the guidelines set by the University.

Students may apply through the University’s SAFE system by searching for “Latino Studies Program Thesis Research Funding.”

American Studies Grants for Off-campus Projects

The Effron Center for the Study of America provides small grants for student groups engaged in organizing or attending academic, cultural, or public service events. The events must focus upon the society and/or cultures of the Americas and have an educational or public service intent. We have a strong preference for events (which include performances and festivals) that are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in nature. Students may apply through the University’s SAFE system.

Applicants are advised not to make any research-related purchases until notification that their applications have been approved.

Where travel is involved, all applicants must adhere to the guidelines set by the University.

Programs in American Studies/Asian American Studies/Latino Studies Grants for Student Groups

The Effron Center for the Study of America provides small grants for student groups engaged in organizing scholarly events, such as lectures or panels, on campus. The events must focus upon American society and/or cultures, and have an educational intent. A strong preference is given to events that are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in nature. Applications are considered on a monthly basis during the academic year. If you do not submit an application by the end of the month before your event at the latest, your application may not be considered. Students may apply through the University’s SAFE system.

‘Asia in Princeton’ Project

The Effron Center for the Study of America will pay up to $300 a piece for well-researched and well-written articles of 1500-2500 words on the history of Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora at Princeton University, as well as on the University’s historic relations to Asia.

There are many areas of possible topics (though the researcher/writer must identify a specific and interesting angle into any of these larger topics):

  1. Any story involving the early benefactors of Princeton University and their involvements in the opium trade;
  2. Bio-history of distinguished Asian and/or Asian American alums;
  3. Princeton University’s attitudes toward international students, especially those from Asia;
  4. The origin of East Asian studies as a discipline and department at Princeton;
  5. History of Asians and/or Asian Americans in Princeton the town and in New Jersey at large.

Articles that are accepted will be published. A new website devoted to this project is being developed and  will be linked to from the Effron Center website. Students are welcomed to incorporate this work into their own scholarship, such as a junior paper or senior thesis.

If you are interested, contact Director Aisha Beliso-De Jesús at beliso.dejesus@princeton.edu with your proposed article idea. Your proposal must be approved before you start on your assignment.

Green Hall

Projects supported by undergraduate research funding include an examination of the China trade origins of the fortunes of early benefactors of the then-College of New Jersey, including Green Hall namesake John Cleve Green. Photo: Orren Jack Turner, Green Hall (1928), ca. 1930-50. Princeton University Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Box MP46, Item 1518 http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/f4752h34w