Graduate Students: The Next Generation of World-Class Scholars

May 2nd, 2013 / Advancement

Graduate schoolPrinceton’s Graduate School has been attracting some of the world’s most promising scholars for more than 100 years. These talented students collaborate with the University’s distinguished faculty, produce their own original scholarship, and teach undergraduates, all in preparation for taking their place in the classrooms, laboratories, boardrooms, and government halls of tomorrow.

Graduate students must be able to focus on their work to reach their full potential; the University recognizes this and so provides financial support. Students in the humanities and social sciences receive full fellowships for five years of study. Science and engineering students are fully funded for the first year while they complete basic coursework and choose a direction for research. After that time, they depend on government, corporate, or foundation grants for support.

About the Graduate School

It has a larger percentage of top-ranked programs than any other major American research university, with particular strengths in humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering.

  • Its hallmarks include the highest admission standards, broad latitude for scholarly exploration, a commitment to academic innovation, outstanding resources in libraries and laboratories, and collaborations with renowned professors.
  • Doctoral education emphasizes original and independent scholarship in all disciplines, plus several carefully selected interdisciplinary fields.
  • Master’s degree programs in architecture, engineering, finance, Near Eastern studies, and public affairs prepare candidates for careers in public service and professional practice.
  • Graduate alumni play an important role in the Princeton community as faculty members, University trustees, student mentors, and alumni volunteers.
  • Today, more than 21,000 Princeton graduate alumni are making their mark. They include aviation engineer and statesman Norman Augustine ’57 *59, Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator George Will *68, World Bank adviser Katherine Marshall *69, Nobel laureate and economist James Heckman *71, media magnate Robert Johnson *72, technology entrepreneur Nathan Myhrvold *83, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson *86, MacArthur fellow and biologist Susan Mango *90, and astronauts Daniel Barry ’77 *80 and Gregory Linteris ’79 *90.

During the Aspire campaign. which concluded in 2012, 25 new fellowships were created with gifts made to the University. Support for graduate students remains a Princeton priority.

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