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 15-20 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.

*These conditions will be reviewed in the Spring Semester in the light of ongoing COVID-related restrictions. For the academic year 2020-21 the residency requirement has been waived (all seminars are conducted remotely) and access to the shared office suite has been unavailable.

2020-21 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:

  • intensive language study in the summer
  • pre-dissertation and dissertation fieldwork and research during the summer (University sponsored international travel remains suspended, further guidance on support for dissertation research will be issued early in 2021.)

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 and Spring Funding

PIIRS regularly 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. Due to the current restrictions on international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, for the academic year 2020-21 this funding will be available during both the winter recess and Spring semesters

The application for the 2020-2021 funding cycle can be found on SAFE. Funding awards are capped at $3000. All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2021. Please contact Julia Panter ( with any questions.

Language Courses

Until further notice, PIIRS will only consider applications for online language learning programs and, in some cases, one-on-one online tutoring. We require evidence of the reliability of the programs/tutors. Each online language application should therefore include an approval letter from the relevant department that teaches that language on campus, in addition to one from a student’s adviser. In cases where the application is for a language not taught on campus, students are responsible for providing reliable testimonials about the online option.

All applications must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the start of the program.

Important Additional Information:

  • At present all University-sponsored international travel continues to be suspended, and no international travel should be planned or scheduled. Accordingly, applications for research travel will be received but not processed until this suspension is lifted. No funding decisions will therefore be made until further notice.
  • Research-related travel requests can be submitted at any point prior to March 1, but it is recommended that they should only be submitted at such point that there is a realistic prospect of traveling on the stated dates. Note in particular that possible requirements for quarantining may significantly affect itineraries.
  • Those students who have already submitted applications for summer 2020 research funding do NOT need to resubmit these applications for travel within this cycle. Questions regarding accepted summer 2020 applications should be directed to

If the University’s international travel policy changes, we will be in touch with all current applicants to advise them on the status of their applications.

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, 2021

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

Summer Funding Application
Deadline (Summer Language): March 1, 2021

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