Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates

All undergraduate funding opportunities can be accessed through SAFE. Each opportunity has varying requirements that students must fulfill, first to apply, and then have funds disbursed. Students may contact the department with questions, but all applications must be filed via SAFE

Please remember that you should have only ONE active application per project. You may apply for funding from multiple funders via a single application. SAFE allows students to search and apply for additional funding opportunities and/or upload documents at any time prior to the project's start date with an existing application. 

Submitting multiple applications for the same project may result in your request being denied.

 

Opportunities for Majors

 

Conference Funding 

This opportunity provides funding up to $1,500 to AAS majors to attend relevant academic conferences.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  2. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  3. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary (no more than 250 words), this statement should describe the conference you are attending and how this relates to and will enhance your work here in the department.
  4. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation for the conference.
  5. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this conference.
  6. Upload a copy of the conference brochure or program materials.
  7. Letter of recommendation.  SAFE will request the name of your recommender(s) and they will receive a request for a recommendation on your behalf which will be automatically uploaded to your application.
AASCCFAY 24
Application Start8/29/23
Application End5/7/24

 

Graduate School Application and Related Expenses Grant 

The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University offers funding grants of up to $2,300 for graduate school application-related expenses, not covered by the recruiting institution to AAS majors planning to pursue a graduate degree. These expenses include application fees, post-graduate exam fees for one exam per student, travel expenses associated with admissions interviews and, post-acceptance visits.

AAS majors who have been accepted to doctoral and non-professional master's programs may also request funding to visit prospective schools. Funding may be used for travel, lodging, and meals.  Personal items, entertainment, and social activities will not be covered.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  2. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  3. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary (no more than 250 words), this statement should describe the graduate school application and related expenses for which you are applying.
  4. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  If your funding request includes travel expenses associated with admissions interviews and, post-acceptance visits, please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation for your visits.
  5. If applicable, Upload 
    1. List of programs and institutions to which you are applying.
    2. Receipt or other proof of cost of post-graduate exam fee.
    3. Interview invitation(s) from prospective school(s).
    4. Acceptance letter(s).
  6. Letter Of Recommendation.  SAFE will request the name of your recommender(s) and they will receive a request for a recommendation on your behalf which will be uploaded to your application once completed.
AASGSAREAY 24
Application Start8/29/23
Application End5/7/24

 

Junior Paper Research Funding

To assist you in building your expertise and your library, the Department of African American Studies will provide funding for up to 8 (eight) books that are essential to your junior independent work. If you are interested, you are encouraged to request funding before the deadline for the JP partial first draft. The absolute latest date to request funding is one week after that deadline date.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1.  Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for the cost of your books. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs.
  2. Enter Your Project Statement.  This statement should list the titles and authors of the books you plan to purchase for your JP Research and how these books will assist you with your junior paper.
JPResearchAY 24
Application Start8/29/23
Application End 3/1/24

 

Senior Thesis Research Funding 

The Department of African American Studies (AAS) offers senior thesis research grants of up to $3,000 to AAS majors.  Research funds may be used to support travel and/or the purchase of books, supplies, and materials needed to complete the senior thesis.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].
  2. Submit the Name of Your Adviser(s).
  3. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  4. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary of your research question, this statement should describe your proposed research, the research methods employed, and the work accomplished to date. It should include an explanation of why your major expense items (such as travel, payment to human subjects, or field materials and equipment) are essential to your research; a precise description of how the funds will be used; a list of documents, archives, or libraries to be used; and a brief bibliography.
  5. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation of your research. If traveling, information should include where you are going, what you plan to do, and whom you will see at the research site. If conducting research, indicate whether you have contacted the appropriate person at the research location for the necessary documents or archives. If utilizing human subjects or conducting experiments, outline your specific plans.
  6. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this research.

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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.

AASCONSTRFFall/Winter IntercessionSpringSummer
Application Start8/29/2312/1/233/25/24
Application End11/29/233/24/245/7/24

 

Senior Colloquium Thesis Research Funding 

This funding is available to AAS senior majors who have exhausted the senior thesis funding available in the previous funding opportunity.  We offer AAS Senior Colloquium students up to an additional $750 in senior thesis research grants if necessary.  Research funds may be used to support travel and/or the purchase of books, supplies, and materials needed to complete the senior thesis.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected]. If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  2. Submit the Name of Your Adviser(s).
  3. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  4. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary of your research question, this statement should describe your proposed research, the research methods employed, and the work accomplished to date. It should include an explanation of why your major expense items (such as travel, payment to human subjects, or field materials and equipment) are essential to your research; a precise description of how the funds will be used; a list of documents, archives, or libraries to be used; and a brief bibliography.
  5. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation of your research. If traveling, information should include where you are going, what you plan to do, and whom you will see at the research site. If conducting research, indicate whether you have contacted the appropriate person at the research location for the necessary documents or archives. If utilizing human subjects or conducting experiments, outline your specific plans.
  6. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this research.

Other Funding Restrictions:

Students are expected to attend ALL senior colloquium meetings/sessions to be eligible for this additional funding. 

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

  • 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.

AASCOLSTRFFall/Winter IntercessionSpringSummer
Application Start8/29/2312/1/233/25/24
Application End11/29/233/24/245/7/24

Spring Break Funding

Spring Break awards provide financial support, up to $1,000, to enable AAS majors to pursue worthy projects or activities 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 during spring break.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  2. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  3. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary (no more than 250 words), this statement should describe the project or activity you are applying for funding for, and how this relates to and will enhance your work here in the department.
  4. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation for your spring break project or activity.
  5. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this project or activity.

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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.

AASSBFAY 24
Application Start8/29/23
Application End3/4/24

 

Study Abroad Support Funding

These awards provide financial support up to $1,000 to supplement other funding provided to AAS majors as they study abroad during the academic year planning term-time study abroad.  Funding for items already accounted for as part of your official financial aid package (tuition, room, full board, international flights, books, local transportation, emergency health insurance, and personal out-of pocket expenses [including funds to set-up at the location, phone allowance, laundry, gym membership, allowance for international transaction fee, and anything required for the semester]) are not covered.

This funding opportunity is intended to provide support for items related to your study such as specialized gear or equipment that may be needed to do independent research while abroad.  Your request, therefore, may be submitted to OIP for confirmation of need.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1.  Upload
    • Study abroad program approval.
    • Official study abroad budget reviewed and approved by the Office of International Programs.
  2.  Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  3. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific.
  4. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary (no more than 250 words) of your study abroad opportunity, it should include a precise description of how the funds will be used.
  5. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation for your study abroad.
  6. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for study abroad. 

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

  • 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.

AASCSASAY 24
Application Start8/29/23
Application End5/7/24

 

Summer Study Abroad Support Funding (Over The Summer)

These awards provide financial support, up to $1,000, to supplement other funding provided to AAS majors as they study abroad over the summer.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Upload 
    1. Study abroad program approval.
    2. Official study abroad budget reviewed and approved by the Office of International Programs.
  2. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  3. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  4. Enter Your Essay.   Describe in 500 words or less, how your proposed study plans are significant to your academic program at Princeton and/or your postgraduate/career plans. 

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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.

AASCSSASAY 24
Application Start1/30/24
Application End5/7/24

 

Summer Research Funding

Summer awards provide financial support, up to $1,000, to enable a small number of AAS majors 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.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  2. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  3. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary (no more than 250 words), this statement should describe the project or activity you are applying for funding for, and how this relates to and will enhance your work here in the department.
  4. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation for your summer project or activity.
  5. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this project or activity.
  6. Letter of Recommendation from your adviser.  SAFE will request the name of your recommenders and they will receive a request for a recommendation on your behalf which will be automatically uploaded to your application.

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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. 

AASCSRFAY 24
Application Start3/18/24
Application End5/7/24

 

Wintersession Funding

Wintersession awards provide financial support, up to $1,000, to enable AAS majors 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 during the university’s Wintersession.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  2. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  3. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary (no more than 250 words), this statement should describe the project or activity you are applying for funding for, and how this relates to and will enhance your work here in the department.
  4. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation for your Wintersession project or activity.
  5. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this project or activity.

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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. 

AASWSRF AY 24
Application Start8/29/23
Application End1/8/24

 

Opportunities for AAS Minor and Certificate Students

 

AAS Minor and Certificate Recipient Senior Thesis Research Funding 

The Department of African American Studies (AAS) offers senior thesis research grants of up to $750 to AAS Minor and Certificate Students. Research funds may be used to support travel and/or the purchase of books, supplies, and materials needed to complete the senior thesis including the cost of thesis binding.

Students should NOT apply for this funding if they have not registered for a minor and certificate in African American Studies.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].
  2. Submit the Name of Your Adviser(s).
  3. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  4. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary of your research question, this statement should describe your proposed research, the research methods employed, and the work accomplished to date. It should include an explanation of why your major expense items (such as travel, payment to human subjects, or field materials and equipment) are essential to your research; a precise description of how the funds will be used; a list of documents, archives, or libraries to be used; and a brief bibliography.
  5. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation of your research. If traveling, information should include where you are going, what you plan to do, and whom you will see at the research site. If conducting research, indicate whether you have contacted the appropriate person at the research location for the necessary documents or archives. If utilizing human subjects or conducting experiments, outline your specific plans.
  6. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this research.

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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.

AASCERTSTFall/Winter IntercessionSpringSummer
Application Start8/29/2312/1/233/25/24
Application End11/29/233/24/245/7/24

 

AAS Summer Research Funding for Minor and Certificate Students

Summer awards provide financial support, up to $750, to enable a small number of undergraduates 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.

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].  If you’re new to the system, you can get started here.
  2. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  3. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary (no more than 250 words), this statement should describe the project or activity you are applying for funding for, and how this relates to and will enhance your work here in the department.
  4. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation for your summer project or activity.
  5. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this project or activity.
  6. Letter of Recommendation from your adviser.  SAFE will request the name of your recommenders and they will receive a request for a recommendation on your behalf which will be automatically uploaded to your application.

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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.
  1. 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.
AASSRFFCSAY 24
Application Start3/18/24
Application End5/7/24

 

Opportunities for Non-AAS Students

 

AAS Senior Thesis Research Funding 

The Department of African American Studies (AAS) offers senior thesis research grants of up to $500 to 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. 

To apply for funding, find the opportunity in SAFE and:

  1. Enroll Your Travel in the Princeton University Travel Enrollment System.  If you have a question, please email the Global Safety & Security team - [email protected].
  2. Submit the Name of Your Adviser(s).
  3. Enter Your Anticipated Expenses.   Provide a working budget for all of your anticipated expenses. We expect these costs to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing to maintain reasonable costs. The budget you are providing should be detailed and specific. 
  4. Enter Your Project Statement.  Beginning with a brief summary of your research question, this statement should describe your proposed research, the research methods employed, and the work accomplished to date. It should include an explanation of why your major expense items (such as travel, payment to human subjects, or field materials and equipment) are essential to your research; a precise description of how the funds will be used; a list of documents, archives, or libraries to be used; and a brief bibliography.
  5. Enter Your Planned Travel Itinerary.  Please detail your itinerary as appropriate, including all arrangements that have been made in preparation of your research. If traveling, information should include where you are going, what you plan to do, and whom you will see at the research site. If conducting research, indicate whether you have contacted the appropriate person at the research location for the necessary documents or archives. If utilizing human subjects or conducting experiments, outline your specific plans.
  6. Enter Your Qualifications.  When providing your qualifications, include languages, quantitative skills, course work or other training or skills which have prepared you for this research.

Other Funding Restrictions:

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

  • 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.

NONAASSTFall/Winter IntercessionSpringSummer
Application Start8/29/2312/1/233/25/24
Application End11/29/233/24/245/7/24

 

Additional Application Instructions

If you have questions regarding the approval of a travel request, contact the SAFE Administrators at 609-258-4470 or [email protected].

Submitting multiple applications for the same project not only duplicates work for the advisers and departmental representatives evaluating the proposals, but it can also jeopardize your funding eligibility.