P3 FAQ's

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.

Who should apply to P3?

Any individual in the class of '23, '24, '25, 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.).  


*The program is not designed for students interested in Master's degree programs, medical doctor programs, or law programs.

Are international students eligible for the P3 program?

Unfortunately we are not able to provide transportation for international residents, however, if you are an international student currently residing within the US, we encourage you to apply for consideration.

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

Yes. Current first-year students (or rising sophomores) are invited to apply to P3.

What will the format of the P3 program be for 2022?

The 2022 P3 Program is expected to be hosted on-campus and in-person as of May 1, 2022. This is subject to change in the event of any major health or public safety concerns.

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 P3 program?

There is not a pre-set number of designated P3 Scholar awards.

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 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Physics, and Quantitative and Computational Biology programs, which have varying requirements. 

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?

A letter of recommendation is optional unless you are interested in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Physics, and Quantitative and Computational Biology programs, which have varying requirements. 

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 and/or research 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 are letters of recommendation due?

While there is no deadline for recommendation submissions, full consideration will be given to candidates with the required recommendations in place by July 1st.



What should I do if my letters of recommendation have not been submitted by the application deadline?

Please proceed with submitting your application with all of the details that you are required to submit by the application deadline. Reminders will continue to go to recommenders regarding submitting their letter, and our office will continue to verify and pull those letters for the review process. If your department of interest requires that a letter be present, our office will also follow-up with you directly regarding the absent letter, allowing you the opportunity to follow-up with your recommenders directly as well.

When will the P3 program or schedule be available?

The P3 program and schedule will be made available on our program website in September. 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 during the program dates. 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?

The P3 application is also designated for those interested in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/EEB Scholars Program. Learn more about the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Scholars program at https://eeb.princeton.edu/graduate/eeb-scholars-program.

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

The P3 application is also designated for those interested in Molecular Biology/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.