Hanna Fellowship

Diversity Related Funding at Princeton University

Each year the Graduate School awards a number of partial fellowships to graduate students who require additional funds in order to complete their degree in a timely manner and without significant educational debt. 


These fellowships are supported by the Charles N. Hanna and Margaret T. Hanna Fund which supports graduate students who contribute to the University’s diversity, including members of groups that have been historically and are presently underrepresented in the academy (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities), and those who have made active contributions to enhancing access, diversity, and inclusion at Princeton.


The Hanna Fellowship is awarded annually, and the application is open from May 1st - June 1stThis funding will provide one semester of stipend paid out in equal installments for the fall or spring semester. Stipend funding, or DCE fees (if applicable), will be disbursed in equal monthly installments either from August through December or January through May.



Applicants for the Hanna Fellowship must meet the following qualifications:


Applicants must be graduate students in one of these three categories below:

  1. Doctoral students in any discipline who will begin their sixth year of study in fall 2023. [1]
  2. Doctoral students in the natural sciences and engineering who will begin their fourth or fifth years in fall 2023 and who will be supporting themselves primarily through an assistant in instruction appointment when they have already met their program’s teaching requirement.
  3. Masters students in any discipline who will be registered in fall 2023 and who have a significant financial need related to their educational expenses.

Applicants must be able to:

  1. Exhibit significant academic merit and intellectual promise as well as a contribution to enhancing diversity.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members detailing the students’ qualifications and potential to pursue advanced scholarship in the field.
  3. Not have received substantial sixth-year funding from a department, internal non-departmental source (e.g. Center for Human Values, PIIRS), the Dean’s Completion Fellowship, or a banked year of funding from the Graduate School.  Preference will be given to students with little or no sixth-year funding.


Please note that during the year of their award, students on the Hanna Fellowship may not apply to the Graduate Student Support Fund (GSSF). All applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the financial planning resources available  On the Princeton Financial Literacy website: https://finlit.princeton.edu/.


Application Process

To be considered, students must submit the following items by the June 1 deadline:

  1. Completed Hanna Fellowship application via Global Programs System website.
  2. Additional documentation outlined in the application form.


Please direct questions to Assistant Dean Joseph Lewis at [email protected].


[1] Funding is intended for students in their final year of study. Therefore, students in disciplines with two, three, and/or four-year program lengths will be eligible for a second, third, fourth, or fififth year of funding. However, 6th-year doctoral funding is prioritized for Hanna Fellowship funding.