Summer Research Grants

To inspire leading-edge graduate-level study, PLAS offers a limited number of summer grants for pre-dissertation and dissertation research. The program features funding via three, PLAS-supported channels:

  • PLAS Summer Travel Grants: These grants are offered directly through PLAS.
  • William Ebenstein Student Research Fund: Endowed by Bradley N. Currey, Jr. ’51, the fund gives preference to students from Latin America.
  • Kingston Family Fund for Student Research: Endowed by Timothy Kingston ‘87, M. Kingston ‘62 P87 P92, and C.K. Pflaum ‘92, the fund gives preference to those conducting research in or about Chile.

Application Details


  • Graduate students conducting relevant pre-dissertation or dissertation research
  • Students must be able to work in the local language of the region visited (Note: Grants do not cover language training, except for indigenous languages not taught at Princeton.)


  • Funding: Up to $3,500
  • Application cycles: Summer
  • Funding covers: Air and ground travel (coach only), room and board, living expenses
  • Not covered: Equipment, materials, and other expenditures


Upon return, graduate students submit a narrative evaluation of progress made toward their research goals.

Funding Note

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to also apply to the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) graduate summer research funding opportunity in SAFE.

PLAS should be acknowledged in any publications, conference talks, or papers resulting from the published research.


Find complete application details via SAFE.


  • Statement of project goals during the research period
  • Detailed budget with cost calculation
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of internal transcript