Funding

Financial Assistance

Financial support comes in the form of research and conference 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. 

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

*The academic year runs from July 1 - June 30.  For summer conferences (July and August), you may use available funds from the current academic year as long as you apply before June 15 of the current academic year.

Limited funds are also available for summer research projects.

Up to $1,000 will be available on a one-time basis for students in the 5th year to travel to the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention in connection with a job search.

Students who have been approved to take a course for Princeton credit at one of the Inter-University Consortium institutions may apply for reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost of train transportation.  

How to Apply for Funds

Conference Travel

  • Complete a PDF iconTravel Grant Request (must be pre-approved/signed by your adviser, if applicable, and the DGS); save the form as a pdf
  • Open an application in SAFE for SPO’s McMahon Conference Travel opportunity
  • Enter an itemized list of your anticipated expenses
  • Upload your completed Travel Grant Request form
  • Upload a pdf copy of the email/letter of acceptance from the conference organizers
  • Awards will be paid in advance based on your estimated expenses
  • Approved requests will be paid via direct deposit to your bank account
  • Actual receipts must be uploaded to SAFE within 10 days of your return date.  Unused funds must be returned to the department.
  • Conference travel grants are taxable.  Please refer to Scholarships & Fellowships: What You Should Know for more information.

Research Travel (Fall/Spring)

  • Complete a PDF iconTravel Grant Request (must be pre-approved/signed by your adviser, if applicable, and the DGS); save the form as a pdf
  • Open an application in SAFE for SPO’s McMahon Research/Course Travel opportunity
  • Enter an itemized list of your anticipated expenses
  • Upload your completed Travel Grant Request form
  • Upload a pdf copy of your project proposal (PDF iconclick here for guidelines)
  • Awards will be paid in advance based on your estimated expenses
  • Approved requests will be paid via direct deposit to your bank account
  • Actual receipts must be uploaded to SAFE within 10 days of your return date.  Unused funds must be returned to the department.
  • Research travel grants are taxable.  Please refer to Scholarships & Fellowships: What You Should Know for more information.

Summer Research

The department has limited funds for summer research projects. If awarded, they may be used in combination with awards from PLAS or PIIRS, or they may support projects that did not meet the PLAS or PIIRS criteria. The application deadline is April 1.

  • Open an application in SAFE for SPO’s Summer Research/Language Funding opportunity (or use the "find more funding" action to add SPO's opportunity to an existing application)
  • Enter an itemized list of your anticipated expenses
  • Upload a pdf copy of your project proposal (PDF iconclick here for guidelines)
  • Awards will be paid in advance based on your estimated expenses
  • Approved requests will be paid via direct deposit to your bank account
  • Actual receipts must be uploaded to SAFE within 10 days of your return date.  Unused funds must be returned to the department.
  • Research travel grants are taxable.  Please refer to Scholarships & Fellowships: What You Should Know for more information.

Course Travel Subsidy

  • Open an application in SAFE for SPO’s McMahon Research/Course Travel opportunity
  • Upload a copy of your completed and signed Inter-University Doctoral Consortium Registration Form (funds are only available for courses taken for Princeton credit)
  • Awards may be paid in advance based on your estimated expenses or you may submit a request after the travel is completed
  • For course-related travel, reimbursement will be limited to 50% of the cost of the train
  • Approved requests will be paid via direct deposit to your bank account
  • Actual receipts must be uploaded to SAFE.  Unused funds must be returned to the department.

Important Information about University Sponsored Travel

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 up to $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; for instance, if a scholar or an artist happens to be nearby and available for a short, unexpected visit.

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

Dates for departmental-sponsored events must be reserved with the Department Manager. If an approved event is not held during the planned semester, a new proposal needs to be submitted for the following semester. 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.

PDF iconGraduate Student Event Form

PDF iconGraduate Student Event Guidelines

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. Learn more at Graduate School Costs and Funding

Contacts

Director of Grad. Studies: 
Rachel Price, 609-258-7153

Grad./Conference Admin:  
Silvana Bishop, 609-258-7161

Manager, Finance and Administration:
Karen Gonzalez, 609-258-7132