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. Additional support is also available for students receiving financial aid. 

Performance Funding

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

Other Resources

Visit the Student Funding website for more information.

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 funding 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 Ryan Dalton


The Graduate School continues to provide hardship funds graduate students with unexpected financial need related to Covid-19, including research-related requests, relocation/travel costs, storage fees, and food insecurity. Apply HERE>

Faculty Funding

The list below encompasses internal funding awards across the University. This list will continue to be updated.

Internal Awards & Application Deadlines

UCRHSS Academic Year: Due Oct 15/Mar 15

The University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (UCRHSS) provides small grants to eligible faculty members in the Humanities and Social Sciences to support their research and scholarly work. Grants are made for a great variety of purposes and the Committee tries to make it as easy as possible to apply for support. Among the most frequent purposes are:

  • Travel and cost of living support for research away from home
  • Student research assistants
  • Subvention of publication

Center for the Study of Religion New Course Development: Due Oct 26

The Center for the Study of Religion solicits applications for Freshman Seminars and other new undergraduate courses for the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty members who offer new courses under the Center’s auspices will receive up to $7,500 Summer Salary, and the home department will be reimbursed .1665 FTE in the first year. Any number of critical approaches to the study of religion may be used in the course, and the topic can be defined as a specific tradition or more broadly in terms of the interaction between religion and other aspects of culture. More info>

Humanities Council Magic Grants: Due Oct 28/Feb 26

Magic Grants are awarded to faculty for new projects that change the way the humanities are conceived or taught. The Magic Project provides innovation grants from $5,000 to $50,000. Grants are available for proposals that are:

  • first-time projects
  • projects to be carried out starting in academic year 2020-21
  • projects that are funded solely (or primarily) by the Humanities Council.

For projects requiring advance preparation, multiple components, or specific timing, funds can be requested for a two- or three-year period. 

Exploratory Grants in Collaborative Humanities: Due Oct 28/Feb 26

The Humanities Council offers funding of up to $25,000 to help pairs or groups of faculty develop a collaborative area of focus which generates new research or teaching in emerging or underrepresented fields in the humanities. We invite initial, exploratory projects designed to identify potential partners and spark collaborations at Princeton or to develop a substantial Princeton component for multi-institutional and international collaborations. These may include reading groups, conferences, workshops, planning meetings, and other gatherings to take place at Princeton.

Barr Ferree Publication Fund (Due Nov 15)

The Barr Ferree Publication Fund is to be used in meeting the publication expense of books of merit on architecture and related topics in the fine arts, including but not limited to, sculpture, painting, engraving, music, drawing, landscape design, city planning, and industrial arts. The fund is to be used for manufacturing and publication expenses only.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action (Due Nov 24)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is inviting university researchers to respond to a call for research proposals on Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice, part of the Foundation’s Policies for Action Program.

Council on Science and Technology: Due December

The Council on Science and Technology (CST) provides funding for courses and co-curricular activities that support CST's mission of advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy across Princeton University and beyond through its Annual Call for Proposals. 

Global Collaborative Network: Due December 2

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIAO) invites proposals for Global Collaborative Network (GCN) grants. GCN grants are intended to build and sustain international scholarly networks that engage Princeton with international institutions.

Racial Equity Special Research Grant: Intent to Apply by Dec 15

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, the Spencer Foundation has launched The Racial Equity Special Research Grants program to support education research projects that will contribute to understanding and ameliorating racial inequality in education.

250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education: Due Feb

The purpose of the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education is to incent and support innovation in undergraduate teaching and learning at Princeton. With the endorsement of their department or program, faculty members may submit proposals for the creation of new courses or the enhancement and redesign of existing courses in any subject at any level.

National Endowment for the Arts Grants: Due Feb 11 & July 8

These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. For assistance with proposal development and submission, reach out to the Department's ORPA representative.  More info>

Learned Society Travel Fund (Rolling)

The intent of the Learned Society Fund is to support travel to attend conferences in which the participant is presenting a peer reviewed scholarly work to an open audience of members of the discipline. Eligibility as an officer or board member of a professional organization expands on this participation to include officers of the organization who are involved with efforts related to the conference.

Humanities Council Working Groups (Rolling)

The Humanities Council provides funds, connections, and logistical support for faculty and research staff who wish to establish or maintain interdisciplinary reading and discussion groups. More info>

Humanities Council Rapid Response Grants (Rolling)

The Humanities Council offers a special round of  “rapid response” Magic Grants for Princeton University faculty and research staff who propose new projects starting in Spring 2021, emerging from the disruptions of the pandemic. They invite “outside-the-box” ideas that transform academic business as usual, reimagining its forms and communities in light of current conditions. More info>