Undergraduate Research Funding

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 Program in American Studies 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.

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.

‘Asia in Princeton’ Project

The Program in American Studies 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 American studies 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 of Asian American Studies 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.