Postdoctoral Researchers (including post-doc research fellows, post-doctoral research associates and associate research scholars)
The University expects that all categories of researchers in the natural sciences and mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences, if at all possible, take an appropriate RCR course in their department or program. However, when the regular course is not available for more than 6 months after the start of the post-doctoral appointment date, an online course will be accepted as a measure for meeting the University requirement. Generally, on-line training will not satisfy the NIH training requirement.
The University believes RCR instruction is good professional development for graduate students. Thus departments, or related clusters of departments, are expected to provide RCR training to all graduate students in the natural sciences and mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences within their first three years of study, regardless of the mode of funding expected in later years of study.
Undergraduate Students and Visiting Student Research Collaborators (VSRC)
These two classes of students may receive support from federal grants for short and less predictable periods of time. Visiting student research collaborators, or VSRCs, for example, are in residence at Princeton from as little as one month to as much as 12 months and are not tied to regular academic terms. For that reason, VSRCs and undergraduates will be asked to complete an appropriate course or on-line training module (such as those offered by CITI group) when supported by a federal grant.