VSRC Application & Requirements
Resume or curriculum vitae
Brief statement describing your research project
- Statement by sponsoring Princeton faculty member including; a concise description of the research collaboration, duration of proposed stay, support and department account number to charge (if any), and co-signed by the department chair
- Statement by applicants home institution advisor including; confirmation of applicant's enrolled graduate student status and nature of collaborative work and its relevance to the student's academic and scholarly progress
- Original* evidence of sufficient financial resources including; original bank statements and/or scholarship letters
*Photocopies, faxes or scanned e-mailed documents are not acceptable as the Davis International Center MUST receive original documents in order to process visa eligibility documents. Please refer to the financial requirements to determine the amount of funding required per month.
Completed applications MUST be sent three months in advance of your intended start date to:
Graduate Admission Office
One Clio Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
If your application is not submitted allowing three months processing time or if your application is incomplete your start date may be delayed. If any items are missing you will be notified. Completed applications will be processed and sent to the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School deans. Upon approval you will be emailed your offer of admission. If you have any questions please contact us.
The Davis International Center will issue a visa eligibility document (I-20 for F-1 students or DS-2019 for J-1 students) to those applicants requiring them only after the Graduate School has admitted an individual as a VSRC and a VSRC accepts admission. Please note that it takes up to 5 business days after you accept admission for the I-20/DS-2019 to be issued. To receive an I-20/DS2019, you MUST make arrangements for express mail via eShipGlobal at https://study.eshipglobal.com. Please make arrangements as soon as you accept your admission.
If you indicate in the application form that you are a foreign citizen, a non-U.S. permanent resident, or currently outside the U.S., you will be issued a visa eligibility document that you will use to apply for an F-1/J-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate and to enter the U.S. Individuals entering the U.S. with a B-1 or B-2 visa stamp, or with a WT (waiver-tourist) or WB (waiver-business) I-94 cannot hold student status in the U.S.; therefore, these individuals will not be permitted to conduct research or receive any other VSRC benefits at Princeton.
If you are in the U.S. in student visa status stydying at another school, you should check with your International Student Office to see if you may be a VSRC at Princeton and remain on that school's immigration documents.
If you are in the U.S. in a visa status other than F-1 or J-1, you should contact the Davis International Center to determine what immigration procedures, if any, you will need to follow to enroll as a VSRC. If you are in an immigration status that does not allow you to be a student in the U.S., please be aware that changing to F-1/J-1 student status could delay your VSRC start date.