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PhD Studies

Financial Support

Each admitted applicant will receive at minimum (a) a Merit Tuition Scholarship and (b) either a Princeton Doctoral Fellowship or the George S. Green Fellowship for a period of up to five consecutive years of full-time study. All admitted applicants will also be considered for supplemental funding through either the Trustees Merit Scholarship or the Presidential Merit Scholarship. One Peter Paris Fellowship, valued at $5,000 above the current doctoral stipend, is awarded annually to a student who is a descendant of slaves or from an underrepresented group.

The terms of all financial award packages offered to students require that they remain in good academic standing and hold no more than 20 hours a week of outside employment. Further, local residency is stipulated during coursework and required for all research and teaching assistantships and access to Seminary housing. Candidates who receive an outside grant for overseas study and relinquish their Seminary fellowship during one of their first five years of doctoral work are eligible to receive the fellowship during a sixth year. All fellowships are disbursed during the academic year.


Merit Tuition Scholarship

This scholarship covers the annual cost of tuition, which in 2019–20 is $18,000, and is annually credited to the student’s account on his or her behalf.

Princeton Doctoral Fellowship

The Princeton Doctoral Fellowship is awarded for up to five years (ten semesters) of study in the PhD program. Beginning with the entering class of 2019–2020, it provides an annual stipend of $25,000 and is offered to aid students in pursuing their doctoral education with the requirement that they serve as a Teaching Assistant for one master’s-level course per semester beginning in the second semester of the first year and extending through the second semester of the fifth year of study (with no additional remuneration).

The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study

One fellowship for doctoral work, preferably but not exclusively in Old Testament, may be awarded for up to five 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. Beginning with the entering class of 2019–2020, it provides an annual stipend of $25,000 and is offered to aid students in pursuing their doctoral education with the requirement that they serve as a Teaching Assistant for one master’s-level course per semester beginning in the second semester of the first year and extending through the second semester of the fifth year of study (with no additional remuneration).

Peter Paris Fellowship

This fellowship of $5,000 per year above the current doctoral stipend is awarded annually to one student who is a descendant of slaves or from an underrepresented group, including but not limited to African, Latino/a, Asian-Pacific Islander or First Nations descent. (Note: Current federal nondiscrimination guidelines and case law permit educational institutions to focus but not limit scholarships to particular racial/ethnic groups. Within the context of the Seminary’s complete financial aid program, the Paris Fellowship will focus on African American students to the extent permitted by these guidelines.)


Presidential Merit Scholarship

This scholarship of $5,000 per year is awarded to eight students in each entering class whose applications, in the judgment of the PhD Studies Committee, are of excellent quality. The scholarship is awarded as a supplement to either the Princeton Doctoral Fellowship or The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study.

Trustees Merit Scholarship

This scholarship of $6,000 per year is awarded to two students in each entering class whose applications, in the judgment of the PhD Studies Committee, are of superior quality. This represents the highest award offered by the Seminary to an entering doctoral student. The scholarship is awarded as a supplement to either the Princeton Doctoral Fellowship or The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study.

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Bethany Hoang, Class of 2004

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