The Martin A. Dale '53 Summer Awards provide financial support to enable a small number of Princeton University sophomores to pursue worthy projects that provide important opportunities for personal growth, foster independence, creativity, and leadership skills, and broaden or deepen some area of special interest. It is required that the project will take eight weeks or more of the summer.
Past projects have included:
- Special programs or projects in the creative arts
- Community service projects
- Programs of study that DON'T satisfy academic requirements at Princeton or independent study projects
- International travel* and exploration designed to fulfill a goal
Proposals for participation in formal “structured” programs generally receive less consideration. In accordance with the travel rules regarding university funds, all award recipients will be required to register all overnight travel. Failure to adhere to this regulation will result in forfeiture of the award. *Travel should not be to destinations listed on the State Department’s Travel Warning list.
All current sophomores at Princeton University who wish to pursue a summer project are eligible to apply. Applicants' academic records, while not of primary importance, will be considered together with extracurricular activities which reflect personal initiative and commitment. Selections will be based on the worthiness of the project and its particular value to the individual. The award is intended to allow students the freedom to pursue areas of personal interest that they might otherwise be unable or unlikely to explore further.
The Martin A. Dale '53 awards carry a stipend of $5,000. Students receiving Princeton grant aid who win the award will have their expected summer earnings replaced. (Please note: The $5,000 stipend is treated as taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service.) The Dale award must be the only Princeton funded program in which the student participates for the summer in which the award is granted. Students accepting the Dale award are required to decline funding inconsistent with this requirement. Potential conflicts should be addressed in the application for funding.
APPLICATION MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES
Students interested in applying for this independent project funding must do so through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). The application will be available beginning Wednesday, December 10. You will be able to save your application and go back to it, but it must be submitted by the application deadline, Thursday, February 12, 2015. You should access the application as soon as it opens and review all the requirements and conditions very carefully in order to write a thoughtful essay describing the nature of your proposed summer project. Note: please contact your recommender early, as the deadline for submitting the letter of recommendation is the same as the application deadline.
Additional information will be available at the information meeting held in the residential colleges in December. Applications are reviewed by faculty and staff selection committees in each college, and the most competitive candidates are invited to an interview. Students are notified of the results of the competition around March 13. (An e-mail notification will be sent to each applicant.) For further information, please contact the director of studies of your residential college.