Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

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Currently enrolled Princeton University graduate students, are eligible to apply for departmental funding. These funds may be used to support conferences, research and related travel in the area of race broadly defined and relevant to African American Studies.  Students may receive support one time at each of the four stages detailed below, up to the stated maximums. Funding applications are to be submitted via SAFE by the applicable deadlines. Students who have received funding previously from the department must have successfully accounted for any previous departmental grants. It is expected that AAS departmental funding will be used to supplement support received from the students’ home departments and other sources.


Available Opportunities

Pre-Dissertation Research Funding 

Year of Study: 1-3

This funding is intended for preliminary research and to facilitate preparation for the dissertation. Pre-Dissertation grants are intended to facilitate conference or research travel, the acquisition of research materials, language study, and the like.

Up to $750

Dissertation Research Funding

Year of Study: 3–5

This funding supports dissertation research away from Princeton. This can take the form of a single major archival trip over the course of the student’s career or it can help make possible shorter trips to multiple locations. In the case of the latter, all travel and expenses should be accounted for in a single proposal.

 Up to $1500

General Research Funding

Year of Study: All (DCE students are eligible)

This funding is for research to be conducted either in the summer or during the academic year, and for other activities that will ensure a successful dissertation.  Among the activities it can support: preliminary archival reconnaissance; field-site investigations; interviews; transcriptions, etc.

 Up to $1000

Conference Funding

Year of Study: All

This funding is to support scholarly symposia, seminar series and workshops. The intent is to encourage events that enrich the intellectual lives of graduate students by complementing the normal offerings of departments and programs. These proceedings might involve graduate students as speakers, moderators and/or organizers.

Up to $1000


AY23 Funding Opportunity Deadlines

  • Funding Application Period: September 3, 2022 – May 15, 2023
  • Decision Period: September 3, 2022 – May 29, 2023