Student Project Funding

Individual Princeton students and student groups can apply for funding to support research and development activities outside the classroom in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Projects that also relate to entrepreneurship and design thinking are particularly encouraged.


  • Individual Princeton students and student organizations (undergrad and grad)
  • Must consist of at least one engineering student and/or the project must have an engineering focus
  • Funding may not be used for junior independent work or senior thesis research*

*Seeking funding for junior independent work or senior thesis research?

Separate Keller Center funding opportunities may be available to students through:

Award Amounts

Individual student and student teams: up to $1,000

Student club/registered student organization: up to $3,000

Students may seek supplemental funding through SAFE or through other academic departments and centers.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester

Application opens: September 6, 2022

Application deadline: October 16, 2022 at 11:59PM

Spring semester

Application opens: January 23, 2023

Application deadline: February 26, 2023

Note: For a complex event or travel (both domestic and international) you must submit the application at least three months before the proposed activity. This allows time for planning, to research costs, and to obtain travel approvals and permits. 

How to Apply

  1. Discuss the proposed project with your faculty or staff advisor before beginning your application
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from your advisor
  3. Create a budget accurately estimating the costs to be incurred
  4. If the proposal includes travel review and follow the requirements for travel below   
  5. Have the recommendation letter and budget handy (both in PDF format) and submit the application below

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How Applications are Reviewed

Keller Center staff consider the following factors when reviewing applications:

  • Quality of the proposal and strength of the advisor’s endorsement
  • Feasibility of the budget
  • Number and quality of applications submitted

Applicants can typically expect to receive a decision within two weeks after the application deadline.


All travel plans must be submitted and approved in Enroll My Trip.

Applicants must provide proof that they have obtained all necessary approvals prior to funding being released.

Post-Project Requirements

By the deadline indicated in the award notice, applicants must:

  • Provide a full account of your project expenses, including portions of the award covered by other funders
  • Provide the Keller Center with copies of your receipts
  • Return unspent funds via check or money order payable to Princeton University Trustees and delivered to the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, Room 113
  • Submit a final project report to the Keller Center containing:
    • A narrative account of the research/activities undertaken with the support of the award
    • An acknowledgement to the donor of the funds