Resident Graduate Student (RGS) Program

The Resident Graduate Student (RGS) program is intended to enhance the residential college experience and help foster a fully integrated campus community that unites under­graduates of all four years, graduate stu­dents and faculty across the disciplines, and staff.

RGSs will be appointed by the head of the college as full members of the college community, living in a fur­nished graduate student suite, taking meals in the dining hall, and participating in the intel­lectual and social life of the college along with faculty fellows, visiting scholars, and other members of the Princeton community.

Each resident graduate student will be expected to draw upon their interests to make a meaningful con­tribution to college life. Opportunities will vary, but may include:

  • coordinating fellowship applications;
  • assisting with the Fellows Program;
  • running a film series;
  • coordinating music programming;
  • assisting the director of student life with the residential college advisers or social programming;
  • facilitating intramural sports competitions;
  • assisting the director of stu­dies with academic and intellectual programming.

The specific role of each RGS will be determined, finally, in con­sultation with the head of the residential college.

The position has been structured to support a graduate student’s timely completion of their degree program. RGSs will be expected to spend ten (10) hours a week on college activ­ities, including meals taken in the college with undergraduates. RGSs will remain eligible to be appointed as an AI or an AR and the position will have no effect on a student’s external or University-based funding.

In addi­tion to the educational benefits, this program provides partially subsidized ac­commodations, fully subsi­dized 125-meal block plans, and parking (in a student lot). Normally, a continuing RGS will be able to remain in their suite over the summer.

All Princeton graduate students who expect to be enrolled in good standing are eligible, including both Ph.D. (regularly enrolled and in DCE status) and Master’s candi­dates. Graduate students who are married or have domestic partnerships may apply, but please be aware that the number of suitable suites is very limited. Unfortunately, the suites cannot accommodate those with children or other dependents.

For more information, please read the RGS position description and the FAQs.

Information sessions regarding this opportunity will be held as follows:

If you have further questions, please email

The RGS application for AY 21-22 opens on December 15, 2020 and closes at noon on Thursday, January 14, 2021.