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, will award qualified Princeton Ph.D. students who are conducting field work outside the United States for at least one semester, especially in or related to China, during the 2020-2021 academic year. Fellows will receive full tuition for the semester(s) abroad, a twelve-month stipend and up to $10,000 in additional funding to support research and travel.

Candidates should submit their applications through GPS. Proposals should be no longer than seven double-spaced pages, and should address the following:

  • central idea of the dissertation;
  • significance of candidate’s research to the field;
  • data, methods and justification for the field work;
  • summary of progress to date.

Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted to GPS as part of the application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are received.

Completed applications must be submitted by April 30, 2020. Please contact Julia Panter ( with any questions.

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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 plus full DCE costs;
  • Half-year grant with a stipend plus full DCE costs;
  • Half-year grant with a stipend plus one-half DCE costs. 

Full-year grants are awarded for the academic year (August to May), and the stipend rate is equal to 10 months of the University Fellowship. Half-year grants are awarded for 5 months, and the stipend rate is equal to 5 months of the University Fellowship.

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.

2019-20 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.

Graduate Winter Funding

PIIRS provides funding to support doctoral students interested in conducting pre-dissertation or dissertation research during the winter recess. Research must be conducted outside of the United States and may include preliminary archival reconnaissance, field-site investigations, interviews, securing official permission for research sites, and other activities that will ensure a successful dissertation.

This opportunity is open to both pre- and post-Generals students. Winter funding awards are capped at $3000.

The application for the 2019-2020 winter funding cycle can be found on SAFE. All applications must be submitted by October 7, 2019. Please contact Julia Panter ( with any questions.

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, 2020

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

Summer Funding Application
February 15, 2020

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