Funding

Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate & Graduate Students:

Undergraduate Funding
Princeton University is committed to making education affordable to all. Through the Office of Financial Aid and Departmental subsidies, undergraduate students have access to financial support to enable and enhance their studies throughout their undergraduate careers.
Support Across Campus
Woolworth Front

Students seeking financial support for senior thesis research or junior independent work, presentations at discipline-specific conferences, unpaid internships, summer programs and special projects can identify funding opportunities and submit applications through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).

Studio Lesson Subsidies
Princeton University Department of Music

Studio lessons (in the major instrument of study) are FREE for all Music Majors and students admitted to the Certificate Program in Music Performance. Students who are active members of major departmental ensembles receive a 50% subsidy towards the cost of  lessons in their major instrument. 

Performance Funding

Students pursuing Certificates in Musical Performance are eligible for funding to support summer festivals and lessons. Applications are made through SAFE

Financial Aid for Lessons

All students eligible for financial aid receive further financial support for private studio lessons. For further information, contact Elizabeth Badger, Associate Director of Financial Aid. 

Graduate Funding
We recognize that the decision to pursue graduate study requires a significant commitment of time, energy and resources. Princeton guarantees funding for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Support for Ph.D. students to pursue scholarship and research may come in the form of fellowships, assistantships, external funding, travel grants, loans and assistance, and Federal Work Study.
Bryan Fund & Dean's Fund
Woolworth Music Center

The Bryan Fund offers up to $4000 for travel and equipment needs of graduate students during their period of enrollment (Years 1-5 for Composition and Years 1-6 for Musicology). The Dean's Fund for Scholarly Travel provides support (up to $600/year) to enrolled graduate students (Years 3 - DCE1) invited to present a scholarly research paper at a conference or meeting. A list of other available funding is available through the Graduate School.

Summer Language Program
Nassau Hall Flags

The Graduate School offers intensive summer reading courses in selected foreign languages, which the Department subsidizes. Students pursuing other languages also qualify for Department subsidies, up to the cost of University courses.  Subsidies are subject to the approval of the DGS. 

Teaching Income

Assistantships are appointments in which graduate students are provided with a tuition and stipend contribution, paid as salary, for either research or teaching.  

Studio Lesson Subsidies

are available to graduate students for private instruction in an instrument or voice. For more information, contact Greg Smith