Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad

About the Dean's Fund

The Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad offers awards to students on financial aid who enroll in structured academic study abroad and language programs (domestic or international) lasting at least four weeks. Limited funding is allocated based on the program eligibility, available funding, level of need, academic motivation, and the application essay.

As part of the Dean’s Fund award for summer 2021, the University has approved a virtual summer stipend for students participating in an online summer program. This fixed weekly virtual summer stipend will be adjusted based on an applicant’s percentage of financial need as per the Financial Aid office’s eligibility criteria. Please note that there is no need to apply for the virtual summer stipend or add it to your Dean’s Fund budget as it will be rolled into your Dean’s Fund package automatically should you be eligible to receive a Dean’s Fund award.

Before starting an application, please note some important Dean’s Fund restrictions:

  • The Dean’s Fund does not award funding for internships.
  • Students who are seeking funding for Princeton in Beijing (PIB), Princeton in Ishikawa (PII), and PIIRS Global Seminars should NOT apply to the Dean's Fund. The Office of International Programs provides funds directly to these programs. 
  • Some exclusions apply for certain non-Princeton programs that do not meet the academic or programmatic requirements for eligibility (e.g., iXperience).  

If you have questions about whether you are eligible for funding from the Dean's Fund, please e-mail the Study Abroad Program.

Application Instructions

Please read the application guidelines before submitting your application. Completing a Dean's Fund Application involves the following steps:

  • Complete the online application through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).
  • If you are applying to a non-Princeton program, designate one recommender who knows your academic qualifications. Princeton program applicants do not need to submit a recommendation.  

You must also upload the following documents:

  • PDF of your electronic academic record from TigerHub. 
  • PDF of the program information if you are applying to a non-Princeton program, including course descriptions and the published, itemized cost of the program. You must submit official program materials (print or electronic) that break out the cost of tuition from the overall program fee. We cannot issue a check without this documentation. If the cost of tuition is not itemized, please follow-up with the program to obtain the cost breakdown.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline

The first three rounds of the Dean's Fund application cycle are closed. In an effort to accommodate the many uncertainties that summer 2021 holds, we have opened an additional Dean’s Fund (Fourth Round) application cycle.

The Dean’s Fund (Fourth Round) is now accepting applications and will remain open until Friday, April 30, 2021.

Applications are to be completed online through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) and early applications are encouraged. Review of applications begins after the application deadline. Fourth Round applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their application by Friday, May 7, 2021. Note that preference may be given to students who have not been funded before (which does not mean that you should not apply more than once).

  • Please note that students on a current leave of absence are temporarily unable to access SAFE. If you took a leave of absence for fall semester 2020 and spring semester 2021 and will be reinstated for fall semester 2021, please reach out to the coordinator of the Study Abroad Program, Meaghan Tohill, directly at to discuss next steps for applying to Dean’s Fund.
  • Even if you do not have an acceptance decision from the program to which you are applying by our deadline, you should still submit an application to the Dean's Fund. If you are awarded funding and have not been accepted or will not be attending the program of application we ask that you please withdraw your application to the Dean’s Fund.

If you have any questions about the Dean's Fund or experience issues with your SAFE online application, please contact Meaghan Tohill, Study Abroad Program coordinator.