Resident Graduate Student (RGS) Program

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

RGSs will be appointed by the faculty head of each residential college as full members of the college community. They will live in a fur­nished graduate student suite, take meals in the residential college dining hall, and participate in the intel­lectual and social life of the college alongside faculty fellows, visiting scholars, and other members of the Princeton community.

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

  • Coordinating fellowship applications;
  • Assisting with the Faculty Fellows Program;
  • Running a film series;
  • Coordinating music programming;
  • Assisting the director of student life (DSL) with the residential college advisers (RCAs) or social programming;
  • Facilitating intramural sports competitions;
  • Assisting the assistant dean with academic and intellectual programming.

The role of each RGS will be specifically determined in consultation with the faculty head of the residential college.

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

This program also provides partially subsidized accommodations, fully subsidized 125-meal block plans, and parking (in a student lot). A continuing RGS will typically be able to remain in their suite over the summer.

All Princeton graduate students who expect to be enrolled in good standing in academic year 2022-23 are eligible to apply, including both Ph.D. (regularly enrolled and in DCE status) and Master’s candidates. Graduate students who are married or have domestic partners may apply, but please be aware that the number of suitable suites for couples is very limited. Unfortunately, the suites cannot accommodate those with children or other dependents.

Information sessions regarding this opportunity will be held as follows:

  • Rockefeller and Mathey Colleges: Friday, December 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m., Mathey Common Room, Mathey College
  • Forbes and Whitman Colleges: Monday, December 13, 2021 at 4:00 p.m., Forbes Lounge, Forbes College
  • Butler College, First/New College West, and New College East: Monday, January 10, 2022 at 4:30 p.m., via Zoom (

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

If you have further questions, please email

The RGS application ( for AY 22-23 opens on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 and closes at noon on Thursday, January 13, 2022.