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Graduate Funding

Summer Funding Application

Each year, PIIRS partners with a dozen academic programs and centers across campus to provide funding for graduate students through the annual Summer Funding Application for:

  • intensive language study in the summer
  • pre-dissertation and dissertation fieldwork and research during the summer.

For grants specifically awarded by PIIRS through the Summer Funding Application, priority will be given to graduate students who also apply for supplementary funding from organizations outside Princeton University (e.g., NSF, Luce, SSRC) and complete the PIIRS External Funding Form. For locating relevant external grants, students should consult the external funding sources page. Applicants are expected to inform PIIRS if they receive awards from other sources as soon as that information is available.

Application Details
Detailed information on applying for these grants can be found at: Summer Funding Application.
Application deadline February 15, 2016

Questions about PIIRS summer funding can be sent to Carole Frantzen at

PIIRS Graduate Fellows/Dissertation Writing Grants

PIIRS awards 12-15 Dissertation Writing Grants annually for either a semester or the full academic year to graduate students who work in international and regional studies (broadly defined) and who have reached Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status. Three options are available:

  • Full-year grant with a stipend ($22,687.20) plus full DCE costs
  • Half-year grant with a stipend ($11,343.59) plus full DCE costs
  • Half-year grant with a stipend ($11,343.59) plus ½ DCE costs.
Graduate students who receive dissertation writing grants will be appointed PIIRS Graduate Fellows. Space permitting, those with yearlong support will be provided with shared office space in the PIIRS suite in 20 Washington and will normally be expected to work on completing their dissertations in residence at PIIRS during the academic year. They will also participate in a weekly PIIRS Graduate Fellows Seminar in which they will present a portion of their dissertation work.

To Apply

  1. Submit an application (see Application Details below) by e-mail to
  2. Complete the PIIRS EXTERNAL FUNDING FORM summarizing efforts to secure funding from agencies outside Princeton, and submit the completed form by e-mail to
  3. Request two letters of recommendation to be sent by e-mail to It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are received. PIIRS will not request letters of recommendation from advisers if they are missing from the application file.
  4. All documents must be received at PIIRS by March 1, 2016.
Priority for PIIRS funding will be given to students who apply for external financial support. Please consult “External Funding Sources for Language Study, Research, and Fellowships,” available on the PIIRS website, for a list of external grants for which students may be eligible. Applicants are expected to inform PIIRS if they receive awards from other sources as soon as that information is available.
Students are strongly encouraged to seek matching support from their home departments, as those departments may have the capacity to partner with PIIRS to create full stipends. NB: PIIRS will not consider students simultaneously for research grants AND for writing grants. PIIRS assumes that students who are ready to write are not still in the data-collection stage.
Application Details
Applications should be no longer than 10 pages (double-spaced). In terms of detail, these applications should be on a par with those that students might submit to external agencies for support. They should detail the central idea of the dissertation and include:
  1. Applicant’s name, department, and PU ID number
  2. Significance of the research to the field
  3. Data, methods, and substance of the work
  4. Summary of progress to date
  5. Timeline from the beginning of the research to the completion of the thesis
  6. Indicate whether, as a PIIRS graduate fellow, you would be willing to be in residence at PIIRS in shared office space for the year and to participate in the activities of the PIIRS Graduate Fellows seminar
All recipients of PIIRS Dissertation Writing Grants must submit a report on work accomplished. For those receiving support for the academic year 2016-17, reports must be submitted to the main PIIRS office by October 31, 2017.
For more information on Dissertation Writing Grants and the PIIRS Graduate Fellows program, please contact Carole Frantzen at 609-258-5978 or

Application Deadlines

Summer Funding Application
February 15, 2016

PIIRS Graduate Fellows/Dissertation Writing Grants
March 1, 2016