Prospective PhD Preview (P3)

Professor Ruha Benjamin smiling and speaking to students in a classroom


The Princeton Prospective Ph.D. Preview (P3) is a nationally recognized program that focuses on engaging scholars from historically underrepresented groups around the path to the Ph.D. The program prepares scholars for the graduate admissions process, provides skill and professional development workshops and provides a unique opportunity to learn more about graduate education at Princeton. P3 Scholars will also have the opportunity to connect with Princeton graduate students, faculty, and staff.

The P3 program is open to all interested students, however, we highly encourage participation from first-generation/low-income (FLI) students and historically underrepresented groups (which include African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans) given the disparity in graduate education across the country.

Program Dates: October 5th and October 6th, 2023.


The 2023 P3 Program will include:

  • Interaction with current Princeton graduate students 
  • Opportunities to engage with Princeton programs and departments
  • Graduate admissions and funding workshops
  • Skill-building, networking, and professional development opportunities








Diverse group of young women on a panel at P3 2019

Application Requirements:


  • A statement describing your current academic and professional goals, as they relate to your interest in graduate study. This statement should specifically mention the programs of study at Princeton that you are interested in, and two or three of our faculty members whose work is of particular interest to you.
  •  An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript. 
  •  Your current resume or CV.

*Applicants interested in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Physics, and Quantitative and Computational Biology may have specific letter of recommendation requirements. Please review the application 'Letters of Recommendation' page for more information, or review the FAQ section.

The P3 Program is designed for prospective applicants interested in pursuing a Ph.D. We encourage applicants from all academic disciplines to apply for the P3 program. However, please note that Princeton does not offer an M.B.A., M.D, or J.D. program. Please be sure to review the complete list of graduate fields of study available at Princeton University: