Funding is available from Princeton-affiliated sources for Princeton students who independently secure unpaid internships, propose special projects or plan to conduct independent research.
SAFE Funding Portal
The Student Activities Funding Engine connects students with university funding for a range of activities on- and off-campus, including internships, summer study abroad, senior thesis research projects or other independent projects.
Additional Princeton Resources
- Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE): For summer research projects related to the ACEE, particularly for field work and lab research
- Alumni Association Funding Guide for Princeton Undergraduates: For public service initiatives and academic work
- Class of 1991 Fund: For independent work and community service summer internships
- Council of the Humanities: For internships in writing, journalism and publishing
- International Internship Program: For international internships in private or public sector
- J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund: For public service internships
- Lewis Center for the Arts Awards: For summer projects in the creative and performing arts
- Office of the Dean of the College – Martin A. Dale ’53 Award: For special project for sophomores
- Pace Center for Civic Engagement: For public service internships affiliated with a Pace Center program or project
- Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) Grand Challenges Program: For internships and research in energy, development and health
- Program in Law and Public Affairs: For internships in public interest law
- Program in Hellenic Studies Seeger Fellowship: For study programs in Greece, archaeological work, independent research, creative projects in the arts and internships
- U.S. Health Policy Scholars Program: For juniors pursuing global health-related internships and independent research
- Woodrow Wilson School: For WWS students pursuing internships in policy, government or nonprofits
Fellowships for Independent Projects
The following is a sample of awards that require applicants to propose an independent project.
- Martin A. Dale ’53 Fellowship: Awarded for an independent project of extraordinary merit that will widen the recipient’s experience of the world and significantly enhance his or her personal growth and intellectual development.
- Princeton ReachOut ’56 Fellowship: Open to Princeton seniors who commit to spend their first post-graduation year performing a public interest project. It emphasizes innovative and entrepreneurial projects.
- Daniel M. Sachs ’60 Graduating Scholarship: The Scholarship’s core concern is to encourage the development of individuals whose life’s work is likely to benefit the public interest. The Sachs Scholarship at Worcester College, University of Oxford allows the Sachs Scholar to read for any appropriate degree from the University of Oxford. The Sachs Global Scholarship enables study at any foreign institution or the pursuit of an independent program of the Scholar’s own devising.
Funding for International Projects
The Office of International programs maintains information on the range of fellowships and awards available. Visit the Office of International Programs >
Some academic departments have funding available for students who do work related to their concentration or to that field of study. Please check with each for current information.