Apply for Senior Thesis Research Funds - Summer 2016

All A.B. Juniors: the spring application for summer 2016 senior thesis research funds (STRF) available through the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC) will open in the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFEon Monday, March 7th. Please read through this information carefully, review the sample STRF application for all requirements and conditions, take advantage of the workshops offered in support of this application (see below), and speak with your adviser about your envisioned summer research plans. By the application deadline, you should be able to submit a thoughtful and thorough proposal, one that has a strong endorsement from your faculty adviser and home department. Feel free to contact with any questions about the funding process. Questions pertaining specifically to SAFE should be directed to


Application Information for Dean of the College STRF: Summer 2016

Eligibility: All rising seniors from A.B. departments are eligible to apply for ODOC STRF. Students must comply with all SAFE processes in order to be eligible for funds.

Important Dates:

- Monday, March 7, 12:00 am: ODOC STRF application opens in SAFE.

- Friday, April 1, 11:59 pm: ODOC STRF application deadline (other funding sources may have earlier deadlines)*

- Last week of April: ODOC funding award decisions announced

Students applying for Dean of the College funds are required to apply for all departmental and programmatic funds for which they are eligible in one single application. Applications must be completed by the earliest deadline, as no changes will be accepted once applications are submitted and locked, except for the selection of additional funding opportunities when eligible.


Application Materials and Process: 

The application will ask for a full account of your research proposal, a detailed budget, a planned itinerary, and an evaluation from the faculty member who will act as your adviser. If you are planning to apply for funds, now is the time to speak with your adviser about your application—do not leave it until the last minute! No project will be funded without a strong faculty endorsement. You will be able to save your application in SAFE and go back to it, but you must complete and submit the application by the earliest deadline of all the funding sources to which you are applying (see above).


Budget Preparation and Justification: 

Please take care to develop a thorough, accurate, and reasonable budget and justify your estimated costs in your project statement. The Office of Undergraduate Research website provides a summary of allowable expenses that you should consult when building your budget.


Proposal Support offered to all A.B. members of the Class of 2017:

Proposal Writing Workshop – Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:30- 1:30 pm in Rocky College PDR: Come learn strategies for preparing a persuasive funding proposal. Sign up here for Proposal Writing Workshop

Senior Thesis Funding Information Session – Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm in Frist 330: Come ask your questions related to the SAFE application process, available funding opportunities, and required application materials. Lunch will be provided. Sign up here for Senior Thesis Funding Information Session

One-on-One Proposal Conferences at the Writing Center: Schedule an appointment at Add a note that you’re bringing in a proposal draft, and you’ll be set to go.

Other workshops in support of independent work are posted on the Princeton Undergraduate Research Calendar (PURC).


Award Selection: 

At the earliest deadline of the opportunities to which you are applying, the faculty member you have listed as your adviser will be asked to review your online application and answer evaluative questions about your proposal. Your application and your adviser’s evaluation will then be reviewed by your departmental representative, who will electronically submit a departmental evaluation. ODOC funds will not be assigned until all other awards have been made. The amount of funding you will receive is dependent primarily upon the following considerations:

- The quality of your proposal as evaluated by your adviser and departmental representative

- The feasibility of your budget

- The number and quality of requests for funding made by the Class of 2017


Future Funding Opportunities:

It is understood that not all students will be prepared to begin their thesis research over the summer. There will be two other rounds of thesis funding available to you in the fall; as a member of the Class of 2017 you are eligible for each of these rounds of funding. Having received a summer award does not preclude you from fall and winter eligibility, but in order to be considered for further funding it is expected that you have completed your post-project requirements in full on SAFE, and returned any unspent funds to our office by the due date of Tuesday, September 13, 2016.