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Office of Undergraduate Research Student Initiated Internship Program (OURSIP)

Program description

OURSIP provides a limited number of grants to Princeton first-year and sophomore students (and occasionally juniors with projects that are not related to their senior thesis research) who have independently created or secured an unpaid faculty-mentored research internship over the summer. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support research experiences that complement the student’s academic interest. OURSIP participants receive an award intended to offset the cost of room and board as well as modest internship-related expenses (ex. small equipment and parts, consumable supplies, software, copying costs, and books/journals when not available through the University). Proposed internships must be full-time (not less than 35 hours per week) and for a minimum of eight (8) contiguous weeks to be considered for funding.

While priority is given to on-campus projects, a limited number of off-campus (domestic only) projects will also be considered.

The on-campus program runs for nine weeks, from June 11 - August 10, 2018. Participants are expected to be on-campus Monday - Friday, through the end of the program and attend the Summer Research Colloquium (SRC) weekly workshops. The SRC is designed to facilitate and model productive mentor-mentee / adviser-advisee relationships, provide a primer on discipline-specific research methods and approaches, and guide participants in reading scholarly texts and conducting original research. On-campus OURSIP participants will be provided on-campus housing and receive a stipend intended to cover meals and help offset miscellaneous expenses.

Important OURSIP dates

  • Application opens in SAFE: Monday, Jan 8, 2018
  • Priority application deadline: Thursday, Mar 1, 2018, 11:55 pm EST
  • Final application deadline: Sunday, Apr 1, 2018, 11:55 pm EST
  • Faculty / research adviser commitment form deadline: Priority application deadline (or no later than final application deadline - see above)
  • Decision period: Mar 12 - second week of Apr, 2018
  • On campus summer program: Jun 11 – Aug 10, 2018
  • Research summary statement and program survey deadline: Sept 11, 2018
  • Participation in program outreach panel: Fall 2018

Eligibility and application process

All enrolled Princeton first-year students, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Students must maintain active enrollment at Princeton from the time of their application through the conclusion of the program, which is the following fall. Juniors who are seeking funding support for their senior thesis research over the summer are not eligible for OURSIP grants; rising seniors should apply through the senior thesis funding activity type in SAFE instead.

The priority application deadline is Thursday, Mar 1, 2018, 11:55 pm EST. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the final application deadline (Sunday, Apr 1, 2018, 11:55 pm EST) or until available funds are depleted (whichever occurs earlier). Only one OURSIP application per student will be considered per year.

The program application consists of two parts (incomplete applications will not be considered):

Part 1: OURSIP funding application in SAFE includes a program questionnaire, itemized budget, UNOFFICIAL Princeton transcript (obtained via TigerHub), and resume or CV.

Part 2: Faculty / Research Adviser Commitment Form: Applicants should identify their intended research adviser and provide their contact information using this link as early in the application process as possible. A request will be sent to your research adviser automatically upon completing your part of the form. We encourage you to alert (and remind, if needed) your adviser that they will receive this request via email and that they must complete the form for your application to be deemed complete and eligible for review. You will receive a confirmation email once we receive your adviser's commitment form.

Selection process and award

OURSIP applications will be carefully evaluated based on the merit and feasibility of the proposed research project, relevance to the student’s academic course of study, and strength of the faculty adviser letter of commitment.

Any internship award you receive from the Office of Undergraduate Research will be considered taxable income (under the IRS non-qualified fellowship and scholarship ruling).

Post-OURSIP activities

  • Upload a 1-2 paragraph (< 300 words) summary of your internship research in SAFE and email a copy to The summary should be a narrative account of the internship you undertook with the support of the Office of Undergraduate Research award. Also include any general reflections on your internship experience such as impacts it has made on your academic plans and beyond.
  • We would also ask that you acknowledge the Office of Undergraduate Research support in any report, publication, or testimonial provided to any University department/program or outside entity that makes reference to this summer research internship project.


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