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Application Guidelines for Research Support for Princeton Students

The Center offers up to $4,000 to support semester research projects, including pre-dissertation grants. The grant covers research materials, travel and student stipends and is awarded in two parts: $3,000 at the beginning of the grant and $1,000 upon submission of a manuscript.

Fall 2011 Grant Application Dates
(There will be one round of grants in 2011-12 in the fall only)
Application Due Date
(postmarked or delivered)
November 22 December 12

Areas of Interest

The Center encourages students in the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities to apply for support. We accept applications in all areas of cultural policy, including, but not limited to:

  • Funding of the arts and humanities (government subsidy, fiscal policy, philanthropy, etc.)
  • Relationship between commercial and nonprofit arts and entertainment
  • New information technologies (social impact, economic organization, cultural implications)
  • Conflict over arts and culture
  • National and local cultural policy -- planning and administration (NEA, NEH, Local Arts Councils)
  • Race, ethnicity and cultural policy
  • Comparative international cultural policy
  • Participation in the arts and humanities
  • Nonprofit organizations (museums, arts and cultural councils, symphonies, arts centers, etc.)
  • Communications and information policy
  • Multiculturalism and language policy
  • Arts and cultural education
  • Intellectual property and copyright laws
  • Gender and cultural policy
  • Freedom of expression
  • Public opinion toward the arts
  • Research design and methods for studying arts and cultural policy
  • Culture and political economy (economics and culture)
  • Religion and the arts

The Center is interested in research that has implications for practice in the field of cultural policy (philanthropy, public policy making, organizational governance and strategy) as well as research that addresses theoretical issues, in any discipline, that bear upon arts and cultural policy. Research of international scope will be considered as long as its findings make direct comparisons with the U.S. In addition, we welcome projects that will contribute to the field by making new data and information available for future research and analysis.

Application procedures


  • Grants will be awarded to Princeton University graduate students doing independent research. Individuals who have received a grant from the Center are not eligible until after completion of their previously funded project.
  • Special consideration will be given to those proposals that might lead to a dissertation.
  • Applicants must have the commitment of at least one faculty member to serve as project supervisor.

Research proposals

Applicants must submit a 3-5 page project description that includes 1) the project's primary research question; 2) a summary of data and methods; and 3) a timetable for completion of the project.

Other materials required from applicants are:

1) a cover letter along with the application that explains the relevance of the proposed project to cultural policy and the mission of the Center;
2) a brief description of a paper to be produced for the Center's working paper series;
3) a curriculum vita;
4) an application form that provides contact information, references and disclosure of other research support;
5) a brief sample of analytical writing;
6) three letters of recommendation.

Review process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Princeton faculty affiliated with the Center. The committee will not conduct interviews, although it is possible that in the course of their review, additional information will be requested of the applicant.

Requirements for receiving project and fellowship support

Grantees will be designated Research Affiliates of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. Affiliates will be expected to participate in special activities such as research symposia and monthly workshops, and, on occasion, be prepared to present drafts of work in progress. In addition, at the completion of the grant period, all grantees will be expected to submit a manuscript suitable for inclusion in the Center's working paper series.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to:

Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies
430 Robertson Hall
Princeton, New Jersey 08544-1013
Tel: (609) 258-6437
Fax: (609) 258-1235


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