A number of opportunities to find funding for independent research exist at both the departmental and the university level. Within the department, we have some funds that offer support to students to do thesis research. Please inquire in the English office.
Independent Work Mentor Programming:
Recognizing the challenges and solitude of independent work, Independent Work Mentors from the Writing Center prepare workshops and programming to aid juniors and seniors in their research. Students should regularly check the Princeton Undergraduate Research Calendar (PURC) on the website of the Office of Undergraduate Research for upcoming programming and workshops, which cover topics ranging from preparing funding proposals to note taking, and from making an argument to draft review.
Independent Work Mentors:
Can help interested juniors and seniors form writing groups as a forum to discuss challenges they are confronting in their work and brainstorm strategies for dealing with various issues.
Office of Undergraduate Research:
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) serves to inform, engage, connect, and support currently enrolled undergraduates on matters related to research at Princeton, to enhance independent work through campus-wide initiatives and departmental collaborations; and to promote students’ research achievements through research symposia and written and video communications. Their website is the central hub for information about undergraduate research including student-authored research advice on the PCUR blog, departmental Independent Work Guides, funding opportunities, and subscribe to PURC, the central calendar for upcoming events and deadlines.
Office of the Dean of the College:
The Office of the Dean of the College administers several funds to support senior thesis research. Juniors wishing to apply for summer research grants apply in the late spring, while seniors may apply in the early fall for funds to conduct research over the fall break or during intersession. The Office of the Dean of the College announces each round via email and on their website. Applications are submitted online, and reviewed by the department representative and a faculty committee.
A. Scott Berg Fellowship:
Endowed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg `71 h03. The scholarship provides a stipend of up to $3,500 and is designed to meet the living, travel, or research expenses of undergraduate English majors who wish to use the summer for writing or research in connection with their Princeton independent or course work. The scholarship will be allocated by a special committee of the English Department on the basis of proposals submitted by students. Students may be nominated by their teachers or may simply apply; in either case, two letters of support from faculty members are required. Proposals should include a brief outline of the project and an estimate of expenses. Creative projects are particularly welcomed, but no form of writing or research is excluded. The deadline for applications falls in March, and is announced each spring. The application is available through SAFE.
Princeton Bread Loaf Fellowships for Summer Study in Oxford:
The Princeton Bread Loaf summer program offers up to three fellowships for rising seniors to spend six weeks at Lincoln College, Oxford. Fellows enroll in a seminar through the Bread Loaf summer program at Oxford and begin work on their senior thesis under the guidance of a Princeton English professor. The Bread Loaf seminar may count towards English distribution requirements.
Applications due in December of the junior year. The application is available through SAFE.
There are a number of smaller grants (up to $1,200) to support senior thesis research through a fund established by the family of Thomas Maren. Applications must be made through SAFE.