Eligibility & Requirements
Applicants must make a good cause for their serious interest in going on for a Ph.D. at an institution like Princeton.
In order to be eligible to apply, a student must be:
- A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Currently enrolled full-time as a sophomore or junior in good academic standing at their home institution
- Have achieved a 3.5 g.p.a. (on a 4.0 scale) or better in their major field or discipline
In addition, the program seeks and will give preference in admission to students who
- Are enrolled at non-research-intensive institutions (such as liberal arts colleges) or at larger insititutions where research opportunities are not normally open to undergraduates
- Have not participated in a prior summer research experience at a major research institution
- Can demonstrate socio-economic disadvantage
Members of U.S. minority groups underrepresented in doctoral research programs are especially encouraged to apply.
Because this program aims to increase the pool of talented undergraduates who we hope will become part of Princeton's own Ph.D. applicant pool, we will not consider applications from those
- Whose primary post-baccalaureate goal is to earn a professional degree (e.g., law, medicine, business, education, dentistry, etc.)
- Who are currently college freshman or who are seniors intending to graduate at any time during the academic year.