Departmental Funding for Undergraduates

All undergraduate senior thesis, research and study abroad funding opportunities can be accessed through SAFE. Please note: these opportunities have varying requirements that students must fulfill, first to apply, and then to have funds disbursed. Students may contact the department with questions, but all applications must be filed via SAFE (with the exception of the Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize).

Funding for the Undergraduate Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis Research Funding Open to AAS Certificate Earners and Concentrators

Up to $750 for AAS certificate students
Up to $3,000 for AAS concentrators 

Senior thesis research funds may be used to support travel and/or the purchase of books, supplies and materials needed to complete the senior thesis. In order to apply for funding, eligible students will need to complete a senior thesis research funding application in SAFE that includes a research proposal, a detailed budget outlining the proposed usage of the funds and a letter of support written by your thesis advisor.

Students who are awarded funding for travel must do the following before funds will be released:

  • Register their travel on the travel database prior to receiving funding
  • Contact UHS/Travel Medicine and make an appointment well in advance of departure if traveling to a country which requires immunizations
  • Review thoroughly the information on the travel website for undergraduate students
  • The University does not sponsor undergraduate travel to countries on the US State Department travel warning list. Students who have a compelling academic reason for traveling to a country on the State Department travel warning list may request consideration through the travel exemption process.

Senior Thesis Research Funding Open to All Princeton Students

Up to $500 for currently enrolled Princeton seniors

The Department of African American Studies (AAS) offers senior thesis research grants of up to $500 to all currently enrolled Princeton students who plan to research the historic achievements and struggles of African-descended people in this country, and their relation to others around the world. Research funds may be used to support travel and/or the purchase of books, supplies and materials needed to complete the senior thesis. In order to apply for funding, eligible students will need to complete a senior thesis research funding application in SAFE that includes a research proposal, a detailed budget outlining the proposed usage of the funds and a letter of support written by your thesis advisor.

Funding for AAS Senior Colloquium Participants

Colloquium Thesis Research Funding

Up to $750 for AAS certificate earners and concentrators
(In the form of $500 awards, with an option to request an additional $250)

Colloquium Student Stipend

Up to $300 per term for AAS certificate earners and concentrators

Funding for Summer Research and Study Abroad

Concentrator Summer Funding

Up to $1000 for AAS concentrators in summer study abroad support
Up to $1000 for AAS concentrators in summer research funding

Summer awards provide financial support to enable a small number of AAS concentrators to pursue worthy projects that provide important opportunities for research and/or personal growth, foster independence, creativity, and leadership skills, and broaden or deepen their understanding of the historic achievements and struggles of African-descended people in this country and their relation to others around the world.

Princeton Student Summer Funding

Up to $1000 for currently enrolled Princeton students

Summer awards provide financial support to enable currently enrolled Princeton University undergraduate students to pursue worthy research projects that provide important opportunities for research, or to deepen their understanding of the historic achievements and struggles of African-descended people in this country and their relation to others around the world. If your summer research is in alignment with this description, then this is the funding opportunity for you.

Awards and Funding for Academic Excellence

Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize

We are happy to announce the competition for the 2018 Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize. This $1,000 prize is awarded to the African American Studies concentrator whose thesis best exhibits excellence in research and writing within the field of African American StudiesIf you wish to have your thesis considered for the prize, please submit the following to Jana Johnson at jana.johnson@princeton.edu:

  • Email a scanned copy of your thesis by May 7, 2018.
  • Request your department also email copies of the readers’ reports by May 18, 2018.
  • Ask your advisor to a written letter of support by May 18, 2018.

The prize will be awarded on Class Day, June 8, 2018.

Application Deadlines

AAS Undergraduate Senior Research Funding:
Fall Break:  9/15 – 9/29/2017
Winter/Intersession: 10/6 – 11/6/2017
Summer: 3/2 – 3/26/2018

AAS Senior Colloquium Thesis Research Funding:
Fall Break:  9/15 – 9/29/2017
Winter/Intersession: 10/6 – 11/6/2017

AAS Certificate Senior Thesis Research Funding:
Fall Break: 9/8 – 9/29/2017
Winter/Intersession: 10/6 – 11/6/2017
Summer: 3/2 – 3/26/2018

AAS Senior Thesis Research Funding: 
Fall Break:  9/15 – 9/29/2017
Winter/Intersession: 10/6 – 11/6/2017
Summer: 3/2 – 3/26/2018

AAS Undergraduate Summer Study Abroad Support:
February 5, 2018– May 15, 2018

AAS Undergraduates Summer Research Funding:
May 15, 2018 – June 4, 2018

AAS Summer Research Funding for Undergraduates:
March 25, 2018 – May 15, 2018