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Graduate Information

Financial Assistance

Financial support comes in the form of research grants, fellowships of varying stipend levels and assistantships in instruction.

Scholarly Travel

The Fulton McMahon Research Fund, established by Alfred Foulet, Graduate School Class of 1927, in honor of Fulton McMahon, Class of 1884, provides funding for scholarly travel to graduate students in good standing.  Students may apply for a grant using the following form: 

Requests for funds totaling up to $900 per year for Pre-Generals students, and up to $1,650 per year for Post-Generals students will be available for travel, lodging, and registration expenses incurred while participating in a conference or in connection with research travel. (These funds will not, however, roll over from one year to the next.)

Up to $1,000 will be available on a one-time basis for students to travel to the Modern Language Association Convention in connection with a job search.

How to apply for funds

  • Travel grant requests must be pre-approved by your adviser and the DGS. Please submit the completed form with the required signatures to the Graduate Administrator for processing. 
  • Awards will be paid in advance based on your estimated expenses. Actual receipts must be submitted to the Graduate Administrator within 10 days of your return date.  Unused funds must be returned to the department.
  • Travel grants are taxable.  Please refer to Scholarships & Fellowships: What You Should Know for more information.

Before traveling

An overview of the steps required for University Sponsored Travel can be found at the Graduate Travel Checklist.

It's important for graduate students to register their travel plans in Concur

Graduate Student-Organized Events

The Department will make available on a competitive basis up to two grants per semester of roughly $2,000 each for graduate student-organized events. Students are encouraged to work collectively to organize events of broad interest. Applications for the grants must be made by May 1 for the fall semester and November 30 for the spring semester. If fewer than two grants are awarded in either round, the call for events may be reopened at the discretion of the Chair and DGS.  In addition, small grants of up to $500 for unforeseen opportunities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students are encouraged to seek additional funding from outside sources, including but not limited to other humanities departments and programs, the Council for the Humanities, and the GSG Events Board.

Dates for departmental-sponsored events must be reserved with the Department Manager.  The department will not fund an event if it conflicts with another departmental event.

Further questions about departmental grants should be directed to the DGS.


Fellowships and Stipends

The department also enjoys the exclusive disposition of funds allocated specifically to graduate fellowships and stipend increments. Among these may be counted the Behrman, Bergen, Boudinot, Green and Schultz fellowships, awarded to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding scholarly promise. The Edward C. Armstong Fund, established in perpetuity by Alfred Foulet, Class of 1927, through a generous testamentary bequest made at his death in 1987, in memory of his Princeton teacher and colleague, provides for fellowship stipends and increments, as well as grants for thesis research and summer study projects both abroad and at Princeton to students in good standing.