The Keller Center administers a number of special funds through the Keller Center Student Project Funding Program. The program aims to provide support to individual students and student groups who are pursuing research and development in STEM fields, as well as entrepreneurship and design thinking at Princeton.
Students may apply individually or as a team, and must consist of at least one engineering student and/or the project must have an engineering focus.
Keller Center student project funding is not available for junior independent work or senior thesis research. A.B. students should search for independent work/thesis funding opportunities in the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).
B.S.E. students may apply for the School of Engineering and Applied Science thesis and independent work funds.
A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded per individual student, and up to $3,000 for a student group or registered student organization. These amounts are not guaranteed as project funding is limited. The Keller Center is unable to fully fund all project proposals and students should consider seeking additional funding in SAFE or through other academic departments and centers.
When to Apply
There are two opportunities for students to apply for project funding. Please refer to the schedule below for specific dates.
- Application Opens: September 9, 2019
- Application Deadline: October 14, 2019
- Application Opens: February 3, 2020
- Application Deadline: March 9, 2020
How to Apply
All applications for funding must be submitted online. Email requests will not be accepted. The application link will only be available/active during the two cycles listed above and requests for funding outside these timeframes will not be accepted.
In addition to being mindful of the fall and spring application deadlines, applicants who are planning complex events or travel (both domestic and international) must also be prepared to submit their funding application a minimum of three months in advance of their proposed activity to allow sufficient time for planning, and to obtain any necessary travel approvals and permits, as well as research costs of materials, accommodations, etc.
Faculty/Staff Advisor Recommendation Letters
All proposed activities must have the recommendation/endorsement of a faculty or staff advisor. It is therefore important for the student(s) to notify the faculty/staff advisor of their intent to apply for project funding well in advance of starting an application.
Review and Award Process
Be sure to speak with your adviser before you begin your application. The notification they receive about your funding application should not be the first time they are learning about your project and funding request.
Applications along with advisors’ letters of recommendation will be reviewed by Keller Center staff. Applications without a letter of recommendation from an advisor will not be considered, nor will late submissions. The student project funding application review process takes into account the following:
- the quality of the proposal and the strength of the advisor’s endorsement,
- the feasibility of the budget (please be sure to provide accurate and detailed estimates of the costs to be incurred), and
- the number and quality of applications submitted during the application period; we do not have sufficient funds to fully fund all proposals.
Once the committee has reviewed all applications, award decisions will be made and communicated to applicants. The process may take up to two weeks after the application deadline has passed.
International Travel and Safety Requirements
International travel applicants must follow all university policies regarding international travel, including safety, permits, and approvals. No funding will be released until the student or student group has provided proof that they have obtained all necessary approvals and have entered their travel request in Concur.
Concur travel request approval is required for domestic and international travel, and requests must be entered in Concur no later than one month prior to your trip (though you should submit well in advance). For a list of restrictions regarding the rental or use of vehicles while on University-sponsored domestic and international trips, see the University Travel website.
Post Project Requirements
- Expense report: Upon completion of the project/activity/you are required to substantiate all of your expenses by submitting to the Keller Center copies of your receipts and returning unspent funds via a check or money order made out to Princeton University Trustees and delivered to the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, Room 109.
- If you received additional funding for this project through another department or office, please note that you are required to provide a full account of your project expenses (including portions of the award covered by other funders).
- In addition to your expense report, you must submit a final project report to the Keller Center by the end of the academic year. The report should be a narrative account of the research/activities you undertook with the support of Keller Center Student Project Funding award. The report must also contain an acknowledgement to the donor of the funds (the specific fund from which your project was awarded will be communicated to you in your award notice).
- The deadline to complete your post project requirements will be specified in your award notice.
Below are some of the student organizations with which the Keller Center partners.