Princeton University To Increase Support for PhD Students

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Princeton University to Increases Support for PhD Students

Princeton University, ranked #20 in the world, is among the top private universities in Princeton, United States. In a recent announcement, Princeton University has declared that it will increase support for its graduate students by 25%. The increased support will prove helpful for students with financial difficulties and give them a chance to study at one of the top world ranking universities in the world. Here are more details about this recent announcement that you should know about!

Princeton University’s Increased Support for Graduate Students

Princeton University has decided to increase graduate fellowship and stipend rates by an average of 25% to about $40,000 for its doctoral candidates during the 10-month academic year, making it the largest one-year increase in graduate student stipend rates by the University. It has guaranteed a combination of funding that covers tuition and fees, as well as a base stipend that covers the estimated living expenses for its enrolled, degree-seeking PhD candidates for the entire duration of the course. The funding increases are supported by a combination of sources, including central budget funds supported by Princeton’s endowment. This will allow the best graduate students to have a chance to study at Princeton University without having to worry about their financial situation.

How will this be implemented?

For the upcoming 2022-23 academic year, the University has decided to increase the 10-month stipend rate in the school’s four divisions – natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences for its PhD candidates. The changes will be as follows:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering:
  • Assistantship in Research (AR) stipend will increase from $31,720 to $40,000 (INR 23.70 Lakhs to 29.89 Lakhs).
  • Assistantship in Instruction (AI) stipend will increase from $34,800 to $42,000 (INR 26 Lakhs to 31.39 Lakhs).
  • University First-Year Fellowship will increase from $31,720 to $40,000 (INR 23.37 Lakhs to 29.89 Lakhs).
  • Humanities and Social Sciences:
  • Assistantship in Instruction (AI) stipend will increase from $34,800 to $42,000 (INR 26 Lakhs to 31.39 Lakhs).
  • University Fellowship will increase from $30,475 to $38,000 (INR 22.77 Lakhs to 28.40 Lakhs).

In addition to this, two-month summer funding is also available for all PhD students. 

Announcement by Acting Dean of Princeton University

In regard to this announcement, Cole Crittenden, the acting dean of the Princeton Graduate School said, “Even with Princeton’s long-standing support for and sizable investment in graduate education, the coming year’s increases are remarkable. The increases in stipend rates will ensure Princeton continues to attract and retain the very best graduate candidates from all backgrounds and from all over the U.S. and the world. Our ability to support graduate students as they push the boundaries of scholarship and research in new and exciting directions is a Princeton priority.”

Crittenden added that the graduate stipends were already competitive and that rates had increased annually. “Our graduate students are engaged in important learning and research, and we do not want promising scholars in any discipline to decide not to pursue graduate study because of their personal financial situation. This is important in all cases, but especially important for students who may be the first in their family to attend college as well as for graduate students who may have dependents. The faculty advisers, support staff, research facilities, libraries and other resources for graduate students at Princeton are hard to beat. We continue to be a leader in family-focused initiatives for graduate students. We offer University housing to a very large percentage of our graduate students, and when the Lake Campus graduate housing facilities are completed, we will be able to offer housing facilities to any enrolled graduate student who wants it, just as we do to our undergraduate students. The decision about where to pursue graduate studies should always be first and foremost about the people a graduate student will learn from and work with. Our faculty and staff are unmatched in their devotion and commitment to graduate education and to graduate students.”

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