SIFP Summer Study Fellowship

Scholars Institute Fellowship Program (SIFP)
SIFP Summer Study Fellowship
Summer 2021


Information and Application Form


Summer Study Fellows have the opportunity to make use of their summers as rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors to take or re-take foundational coursework at an external college or university, as necessary for continuing enrollment at Princeton (i.e., to make up a course deficiency) and/or to be able to continue on their chosen academic path. 


In order to be eligible for the Summer STEM fellows program, a student must:

  1. Have received grant aid from Princeton University in the preceding academic year, as determined by the Financial Aid office. 
  2. Have demonstrated academic need to take the course (s). 

Demonstrated academic need could include the following situations:

  • Two course deficiencies, in terms of progress toward degree.
  • A student with a curricular impediment towards concentration eligibility or concentration completion (such that without the course or courses in question during the summer, an AB student could not meet departmental prerequisites at the point of declaring spring of sophomore year or enter the intended department and take necessary coursework in fall of junior year).
  • A curricular impediment towards a change in degree candidacy (usually, an AB first-year student who wishes to switch to the BSE program).
  • A curricular impediment in fulfillment of degree program fulfillment (i.e., an AB student who has not fulfilled the language requirement by the end of sophomore year; a BSE student who has not fulfilled a BSE core requirement necessary for advancement to junior year status).
  • A student who attempted but did not successfully complete CHM 201-202 or CHM 301-302 and does not have time to attempt these courses again during the academic year. 
  • Students with a single course deficiency may apply, but will be given lower priority, unless they meet an additional eligibility criterion.
  1. Have not participated in the Summer STEM fellowship program in prior years
  2. Have been an enrolled Princeton student in Spring 2021.** 

*Please note that students interested in taking MAT 103, 104, 201, 202 or PHY 110 should apply to take the Princeton summer offerings of those courses as advertised on the Registrar’s course listing page; the Summer Study fellowship cannot support these courses at other institutions. You may not take more than two courses in any one summer. 

** Students who would be eligible to be reinstated in fall 2021 after completing the Summer STEM Study program for the required course credit may apply with the approval of the Residential College Dean.

Students must be supported in their academic candidacy for this opportunity by their Director of Studies or Residential College Dean, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and/or the Director of Health Professions Advising, as applicable.


As a SIFP STEM Study Fellow, your award includes:

  • Tuition Grant:  You will receive grant aid to cover the cost of the course and fees, excluding late registration fees, for up to $4000/course.  You will be required to register for the course and to submit your receipts into the Concur system for reimbursement.
  • Living Expenses:  You will receive a grant to cover the estimated budget for your “at home” or “off-campus living expenses” (as defined by Financial Aid to include room, board, local transportation, books, personal, technology) proportional to your course load during the weeks that you are enrolled.
    • If you are enrolled in one course, you will receive grant to cover ½ the budget below. 
    • If you are enrolled in two courses simultaneously, you will receive grant to cover the full budget below during the weeks that you are enrolled in both courses.
    • Details on the budget will be announced in acceptance letters.


SIFP STEM Study Fellows are expected to:

  • Regularly attend, participate in, and engage in every class session.
  • Complete and submit all required course work on time.
  • Complete the transfer of all courses to Princeton no later than September 30th, 2021 by submitting your transcripts to your Residential College Dean and CCing Dean Gonzalez and Christy Kahler
    • If you drop your course after the free course drop period, you will be expected to reimburse the program for the cost of the course and any incurred living expense stipend. In the case of a medical or personal emergency, you can appeal to your Residential College Dean and Dean Gonzalez to drop the course without penalty. 
    • If you do not transfer the course to Princeton for credit by the September 30th deadline, you must reimburse the program for the cost of the course and any incurred living expense stipend

***Please remember that to transfer your summer course credit to Princeton, you must earn a C or better in the course.***


You will need to submit all answers and documentation below at this link:  application form).

Part One: Short Answer 

  1. Please briefly describe which of the eligibility criteria you meet and how these online courses fit into your course of study. In particular, please outline why you need these particular courses to continue in your chosen course of study at Princeton. (You will submit this answer to your Dean/DOS as well as on the application form).

Part Two: Course Approval Process (FOR NON-PRINCETON COURSES).

Remember: If you have any questions throughout this process (which we know is complicated!), don’t hesitate to reach out to Dean G or your Residential College Dean or DOS).

Step One: Schedule Your Advising Meeting with your Dean/DOS

Make an advising appointment to discuss your options for summer coursework and to see whether you meet the criteria for eligibility for the Summer STEM fellowship program. 

Step Two: Prepare for your Advising Meetings: 

  • Find the course syllabus for your chosen class outside of Princeton. 
    • Hint: Sometimes, you can find the syllabus for your course on the course catalog website under “synopsis” or on the offering department’s webpage. You can also Google the title of the course. If you can’t find the syllabus for your particular class online, you may email the professor and request the syllabus or you can call the Rutgers/TCNJ Summer Office, Registrar, or the offering department. Don’t give up! This can be an annoying search but keep looking. Occasionally, Princeton departments will accept syllabi from past semesters of the same course, but this is not always guaranteed, and will usually require some confirmation that the material taught this summer will be similar to the material taught in prior semesters. Try to find the syllabus from the course that you will be taking. 
  • Find a listing of the class hours (and lab hours) and an official schedule showing the first and last days of the course session.
    • Hint: You can find this information on the course catalog website. 
  • Complete the first section of the new “Approval for an Online Course Taken at Another Institution” form.

Step Three: Meet with your DOS or Dean

  • Email your DOS/Dean with 1) the course syllabus, 2) the “Approval for an Online Course Taken at Another Institution” form with step one completed, 3) your answer to the short answer question above.
  • Be prepared to have a conversation with your DOS/Dean in which you think through your academic trajectory and how this course may fit into your longer-term goals. 
  • If your DOS/Dean confirms your eligibility for the Summer STEM program, make sure to ask them about the transfer course approval process—get their advice on how to approach this process and the department representative! 
  • Have them help you identify the appropriate Princeton Director of Undergraduate Studies to approve your course.

Step Four: Obtain pre-approval from the relevant department

  • Send the “Approval for a Course Taken at Another Institution” form and supporting information (syllabus, list of course dates and times) to the appropriate department administrator or Director of Undergraduate Studies. They will decide if the course may be approved, and will sign your form. 

Step Five: If applicable, get Dean Peter Bogucki’s approval signature 

  • If you intend to use the course as a prerequisite for BSE, you must also get a signature under “STEP THREE” of the “Approval for a Course Taken at Another Institution” form from Dean Peter Bogucki. 

Step Six: If applicable, meet with HPA advisors

  • If applicable, you should set up a meeting with Kate Fukawa-Connelly or Sachiko Datta in HPA to ensure that this plan will work with med school admissions criteria. Have them email you their approval. 

Step Seven: Submit forms to your DOS/Dean

  • Send your DOS/Dean the “Approval for an Online Course Taken at Another Institution” and submit it to your residential college.
  • Have your DOS/Dean send you an email stating their approval of your plan and the signed copy of your “Approval for an Online Course Taken at Another Institution”

Step Eight: Submit!