Funding for Senior Thesis Research

A.B. senior thesis funding opportunities, including from individual academic departments, the Office of the Dean of the College, and other offices and programs on campus are posted through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). The online application process requires a full account of your research proposal, a detailed itemized budget, planned itinerary and the name of your thesis adviser. We encourage you to start working on your application materials early so that you have ample time to meet the strict deadlines set by the various funding sources. A.B. students seeking senior thesis research funding from the Office of the Dean of the College can find additional information about the application and selection process as well as expense guidelines in the support section of this website. B.S.E. students may learn more about available funding support through the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences

The Office of the Dean of the College established the Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences in 2012 to enable more undergraduate students to participate in academic conferences and workshops related to their independent work or other research activities. Priority is given to those who seek to present their research or scholarship in the form of a paper, talk or poster. Approximately 15 awards are distributed annually ranging from $500 - $1,500 per award.

Funding Eligibility. This funding opportunity is available to all currently enrolled undergraduates. Students are eligible to one award per academic year.

Application. You can apply by logging onto the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). While applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, they must be completed at least one month before the beginning of the conference in order to receive full consideration. Applications for retroactive funding will not be considered. The online application will require that you provide:

  • The name of the faculty adviser who will serve as recommender for this funding application. (Before submitting their name, please confirm that they are agreeable to completing the online form in support of your application and can speak to your academic qualifications as well as how your participation in the conference pertains to your research and/or independent work.)
  • A detailed itemized budget
  • An electronic copy of your accepted abstract (if applicable)
  • A project statement (<200 words) describing how your participation in the conference will impact your course of study and/or independent work at Princeton. The statement should also include the conference title, location (city, state), start and end dates, and your role in the conference (attendee or presenter). Please indicate whether you have applied for and/or secured other sources of funding for this conference.
  • Your planned itinerary
  • Any special qualifications that have prepared you to participate in the conference

Expense Guidelines. Funding may be used only for the following expenses and does not cover costs of personal items, entertainment or social activities:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Travel to the conference
  • Lodging and meals

Award Conditions. In accepting this award, the recipient is expected to recognize the source of this funding in the acknowledgement section of their poster and/or talk and in any subsequent publications that may result from this project. In addition, the student agrees to submit the following documents to the director of undergraduate research within five days of returning from the conference:

  • A completed and signed copy of the reimbursement form, including an itemized list of expenditures and digital copies of all receipts
  • An electronic copy of the accepted conference abstract, presentation or summary of experience (as applicable)

For more information, contact the director of undergraduate research.