PhD. Scholarship Information

Applicants who wish to be considered for any form of financial assistance must complete the appropriate Ph.D. Princeton Seminary Student Financial Aid Application. All aid programs listed below are disbursed during the academic year.

Merit Tuition Scholarships

Merit Tuition Scholarships are awarded to doctoral students on the basis of demonstrated academic merit and promise of scholarly accomplishment in a chosen field of advanced study. These scholarships are awarded for the first four years of the candidate's program and cover full tuition for the first two years and the candidate's continuation fee (this fee replaces the tuition charge after year two) for year three and four.

Doctoral Fellowships

In addition to the Merit Tuition Scholarship, the Seminary awards a number of Doctoral Fellowships to students based on demonstrated academic merit and promise of scholarly accomplishment. This fellowship is worth $12,000/ academic year and is awarded for up to four years (eight semesters) of study in the Ph.D. program. Candidates awarded doctoral fellowships must reside in the Princeton area, hold no more than 20 hours a week of outside employment, and remain in good academic standing. Candidates who receive an outside grant for overseas study and relinquish their Seminary scholarship during one of their first four years of doctoral work are eligible to apply for Seminary aid during a fifth year.

PhD Studies Grant

Admissons TeamStudents not selected for a Doctoral fellowship may apply for need-based grant aid for the first four years of their program of studies at Princeton Seminary. Applicants would have to follow the standard financial aid application procedures which include, completing our institutional aid application, completing the Free Application fo Federal Student Aid, and submiting a copy of your federal tax return. If a student qualifies, she/he can receive up to $12,000 in need-based grant aid during each of their first four academic years. In order to qualify, doctoral candidates must apply each academic year, maintain satisfactory academic progress and reside in the Princeton area. For more information, please feel free to contact the office of Admissions and Financial Aid.


Fellowships and Assistantships

Annually over 40 teaching fellowships are awarded to provide assistance in Seminary courses. The basic stipend of a full-time teaching fellow during the long term is $4,284, prorated for less than full-time teaching and for short term courses.

Research assistantships are also available, in which a student is contracted on an hourly basis to assist a faculty member with a specific research project.

The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study
One $12,000 fellowship for doctoral work preferably but not exclusively in Old Testament may be awarded for up to four years of study to a senior in the Master of Divinity program in the Seminary, or a candidate in the Master of Theology program at the Seminary, who has displayed outstanding academic achievement and scholarly promise.

Timothy Scholars Program 

New Timothy scholarship applications are not being accepted for 2011-12 due to funding limitations from the outside foundation funding this program.

Up to two students annually may be designated “Timothy Scholars.” Timothy Scholars are part of a pilot program, underwritten by the United Methodistaffiliated Foundation for Evangelism, designed to prepare students with sustained interest and expertise in youth, young adult, campus and/or related ministries to prepare for teaching vocations in higher education that focus on practical theology and mission with young people.

Timothy Scholars receive full tuition and a $13,000 stipend annually for up to five years, as well as support for participation in designated professional meetings. Timothy Scholars may be located in any academic department as long as a commitment to practical theology and mission with young people is demonstrated, and they may belong to any theological tradition. However, since the program is designed to prepare viable candidates for anticipated positions in youth/young adult ministry in United Methodist and Methodist affiliated institutions, students with Wesleyan interests are especially encouraged to apply.

The Timothy Scholars Program includes several unique components, including expectations for ongoing spiritual guidance, peer mentoring, and annual leadership in Methodist and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) settings in youth, young adult, campus or related ministry settings. In addition to completing the Seminary’s Ph.D. application, Timothy Scholars candidates completes a separate Timothy Scholars Application and obtain two references documenting their record of excellence in pastoral ministry with young people and potential as leaders in the field. Admission by the Seminary and approval as a Timothy Scholar by the Foundation for Evangelism are separate but parallel processes.

Admitted Ph.D. applicants with special interest in youth ministry will be considered along with all other applicants for the other aid programs listed above