P3 FAQ's

Who should apply to P3?

Any individual in the class of '22, '23, '24, or post-graduate interested in pursuing a PhD can apply. The program is designed to support prospective applicants from groups that have been historically and are presently underrepresented in the United States (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, individuals from first-generation/low-income backgrounds, etc.).  


This program is not designed for students interested in Master's degree programs.

Why should I apply to the P3 program?

P3 is a nationally recognized program that focuses on engaging scholars from historically underrepresented groups around the path to the PhD. 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 have been successful in building a thriving and engaging community of P3 Scholars and attendees. 

Are international students eligible for the P3 program?

Yes, international students are eligible to apply for the virtual 2021 P3 program.

If I am currently a first-year student, am I eligible to apply to P3?

Yes. For the 2021 P3 program, current first-year students (or rising sophomores) are invited to apply to P3.  Please submit the separate ‘class of 2024’ application found on our website or here.

What will the format of the P3 program be for 2021?

Due to COVID restrictions, P3 will be an all virtual program, held Wednesday, October 6th - Friday, October 8th. 

What fields of study are available at Princeton?

Princeton University has 42 degree-granting departments and programs that admit students. The University also offers a growing number of joint degree offerings, graduate certificates, and interdepartmental programs that allow students to work across disciplinary boundaries while still continuing to receive advanced training and a degree in the home department. Please review the available fields of study here https://gradschool.princeton.edu/academics/fields-study.

Does Princeton offer joint degrees?

Princeton participates in two established joint-degree programs with other institutions. Information about these can be found in the Fields of Study listings for the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (for the M.P.A.-J.D. program), and the Department of Molecular Biology (for the M.D-Ph.D. program).  Individual agreements or arrangements outside of these formal programs may also be possible with the support of a student's department and the Graduate School.

Does Princeton have professional schools (i.e. Medical School, Business School, or Law School)?

No. Princeton does not offer an M.B.A., M.D, or J.D. However, please review the fields of study website for joint program offerings.

How many slots are available for the Virtual 2021 P3 program?

There is not a pre-set number of designated P3 slots. Because the 2021 program is virtual, we hope to make many aspects of the program as accessible as possible. This may allow for certain sessions to be open to applicants that applied to the program but were not selected as P3 Scholars.

Who selects P3 Scholars?

P3 Scholars are selected by Princeton University Graduate School Deans. And most often, P3 applications are read by the department staff and/or faculty for which the P3 Scholar is interested.

When will applicants be notified of their status?

Applicants will be notified between  Aug. 1 – 15th

What do I need to apply to P3?

You will need to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, unofficial transcript, and statement of purpose. A letter of recommendation is optional unless you are interested in the Astrophysics, Physics, and Molecular Biology programs which require one letter of recommendation

Do I need to submit an official transcript?

No, an unofficial transcript from your current or most recent institution is sufficient. If your final transcript is not available, kindly send the most recent, available copy.

Am I required to submit a letter of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are optional and are only a requirement for students who are interested in the Astrophysics, Physics, and Molecular Biology programs.

Who should I ask to submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

It is recommended that a faculty member or someone who can speak to your academic abilities provide the letter of recommendation.

How are faculty contacted for a letter of recommendation?

The application system will automatically send a request for a recommendation to whomever you enter in the “Recommender Information” section. Please notify your recommenders to proceed with the steps indicated in the auto-generated email. If you or your recommender have any technical issues with the system, please contact us at p3@princeton.edu.

When will the P3 program or schedule be available?

The P3 program and schedule will be made available on our program website no later than September 24th. There may be components of the program that take longer to finalize, so be sure to continually check the website (https://graddiversity.princeton.edu/prospective-phd-preview-p3) for updates and additions to the program.

Will I have the opportunity to meet with specific faculty or departments?

P3 partners with many departments and faculty, who make every effort to take time to connect with P3 scholars from October 6th - October 8th. However, due to scheduling and availability, all faculty or desired departments may not be available to connect during this specific time.  

If my department is not listed in the final schedule, what options do I have to engage with them?

Not all departments will be available to engage with P3 attendees. During the conference you will learn best practices on how to engage with departments and faculty regarding your interest in their graduate program. 

If I am interested in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where should I apply?

Learn more about the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Scholars program and application details at https://eeb.princeton.edu/graduate/eeb-scholars-program.

Where can I find more information about the MolBio Scholars Program?

Learn more about the Molecular Biology (MolBio) Scholars Program at https://molbio.princeton.edu/research/scholars-program.

Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns about the program or my application?

Please email us at P3@princeton.edu. Your inquiry will be addressed promptly.