Prospective PhD Preview (P3)

Professor Ruha Benjamin smiling and speaking to students in a classroom

The 2024 P3 application will open in late spring 2024. Please check back for more details. 


The Princeton Prospective Ph.D. Preview (P3) is a nationally recognized program that focuses on engaging scholars from diverse academic, research, and non-traditional backgrounds around the path to the Ph.D. The program prepares scholars for the graduate application process, provides skill and professional development workshops, and gives students the opportunity to learn more about the hidden curriculum of graduate education. P3 Scholars will also have the opportunity to learn and hear from current Princeton graduate students, faculty, and staff to get an understanding of program requirements and expectations.

The P3 program is open to all interested students, with a preference given to rising juniors, rising seniors, and post-graduates of all levels.

*Please note that the P3 application and program are not affiliated with Princeton graduate program applications.


The P3 Program provides:

  • Interaction with current Princeton graduate students

  • Opportunities to engage with Princeton programs and departments

  • Graduate application 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 discipline 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