Prospective PhD Preview (P3)

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The 2021 P3 application has closed. Please check back in the spring for the 2022 P3 application!

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. While our program is virtual again this year due to COVID restrictions, we are looking forward to another successful year of creating a thriving and engaging community of P3 Scholars. 


P3 invites the class of 2022, 2023, 2024, and post-grad students to apply! This program is open to any 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.



The Virtual P3 Program will include:

  • Interaction with current Princeton graduate students 
  • Opportunities to engage with Princeton faculty and staff
  • 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 Astrophysical Sciences, Molecular Biology, and Physics are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Specific instructions will be sent to your recommender to submit a letter electronically.

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 be aware that Princeton does not offer an M.B.A., M.D, or J.D. Please be sure to review the complete list of graduate fields of study available at Princeton University:




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