Graduate Support

PIIRS provides support to Princeton graduate students for summer research and learning in international and regional studies, advanced language training and dissertation completion.

Being a PIIRS Fellow has afforded me a place to write and create new connections with colleagues around the work I'm doing.
Kijan Bloomfield
PIIRS Graduate Fellow, 2015-2016

Mr. and Mrs. Yan Huo *94*95 Graduate Fellowship

The Mr. and Mrs. Yan Huo *94*95 Graduate Fellowship, administered by PIIRS, seeks qualified Princeton PhD students who will be conducting field work outside the United States for at least one semester, especially in or related to China, during the 2018-19 academic year. Up to two fellowships will be awarded. In addition to full tuition and a twelve-month stipend ($33,400), the fellowship provides up to $10,000 in research funds to support a student’s research.

Applicants should apply by e-mail to Proposals should be no longer than seven pages (double-spaced), explain the central idea of the dissertation, and include: applicant’s name, department and PU ID number; significance of the research to the field; data, methods and justification for the field work; and summary of progress to date. Applicants should also have two letters of recommendation sent to It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are received. Documents must be received at PIIRS by Apr. 30, 2018.

Graduate Fellows Program

PIIRS provides dissertation completion fellowships for advanced graduate students whose dissertations are framed in terms of international or regional studies (broadly defined). Students who receive fellowships participate in a community of dissertation writers that is centered on a weekly interdisciplinary seminar.

PIIRS awards 12 to 15 dissertation writing grants annually for either a semester or the full academic year to students who have reached Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status. Priority will be afforded to students who have engaged in extended field research overseas. Seventh-year students are generally not eligible (exceptional cases with cause might be considered).

Three options are available:

  • Full-year grant with a stipend ($24,834) plus full DCE costs;
  • Half-year grant with a stipend ($12,417) plus full DCE costs;
  • Half-year grant with a stipend ($12,417) plus one-half DCE costs.

Graduate students who receive dissertation writing grants will be appointed as PIIRS Graduate Fellows. Space permitting, those with year-long support will be provided with shared office space in the PIIRS suite in the Louis A. Simpson International Building. All fellows are expected to work on completing their dissertations in residence at PIIRS during the academic year. Fellowship recipients are required to participate in the weekly PIIRS Graduate Fellows Seminar in which they present a portion of their dissertation and engage in substantive interdisciplinary discussion and critique.

2018-19 Fellows

Graduate Summer Funding

Each year, PIIRS partners with a dozen academic programs and centers across campus to provide funding for graduate students through the annual Summer Funding Application for:

For grants specifically awarded by PIIRS through the Summer Funding Application, priority will be given to graduate students who also apply for supplementary funding from organizations outside Princeton University (e.g., NSF, Luce, SSRC) and complete the PIIRS External Funding Form. Applicants are expected to inform PIIRS if they receive awards from other sources as soon as that information is available.

External Funding Sources for Language Study, Research and Fellowships

Also see the Princeton University Graduate School for other possible funding opportunities.


Graduate Fellows/Dissertation Writing Grants Application Details
Deadline March 15, 2019

Contact Rachel Golden with any questions, or call 609-258-7497. 

Summer Funding Application
February 15, 2019

Contact Rachel Golden with any questions, or call 609-258-7497.