The Resident Graduate Student (RGS) program is intended to enhance the residential college experience and to help foster a fully integrated campus community that unites undergraduates of all four years, graduate students, faculty across the disciplines, and staff.
RGSs will be appointed by the head of each residential college as full members of the college community. They will live in a furnished graduate student suite, take meals in the residential college dining hall, and participate in the intellectual and social life of the college alongside faculty fellows, visiting scholars, and other members of the Princeton community.
Each resident graduate student will be expected to draw on their unique interests to make a meaningful contribution to college life. Opportunities vary, but may include:
- Coordinating fellowship applications;
- Assisting with the Faculty Fellows Program;
- Running a film series;
- Coordinating music programming;
- Assisting the director of student life (DSL) with the residential college advisers (RCAs) or social programming;
- Facilitating intramural sports competitions;
- Assisting the director of studies (DOS) with academic and intellectual programming.
The role of each RGS will be specifically determined in consultation with the head of the residential college.
The position is structured to support the graduate student’s timely completion of their degree program. RGSs will be expected to spend ten (10) hours each week on college
activities, including meals taken in the residential college dining hall with undergraduates. RGSs remain eligible to be appointed as an AI or an AR. The position has no effect on a student’s external or University-based funding.
This program also provides partially subsidized accommodations, fully subsidized 125-meal block plans, and parking (in a student lot). A continuing RGS will typically be able to remain in their suite over the summer.
All Princeton graduate students who expect to be enrolled in good standing in academic year 2021-22 are eligible to apply, including both Ph.D. (regularly enrolled and in DCE status) and Master’s candidates. Graduate students who are married or have domestic partners may apply, but please be aware that the number of suitable suites for couples is limited. Unfortunately, the suites cannot accommodate those with children or other dependents.
Information sessions regarding this opportunity will be held as follows:
- Rockefeller and Mathey Colleges: Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/92390613136
- Forbes and Whitman Colleges: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 3 p.m.: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/91593373650
- Butler and First Colleges: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.: https://princeton.zoom.us/s/95414494861
If you are unable to attend an information session and have questions about this
opportunity, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document on our website. If you have further questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application will be available starting Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at https://odocrgs.deptcpanel.princeton.edu/, and must be submitted by noon on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Please note that all references are due by noon on Monday, January 18, 2021. You may request recommendations through the online application and return to complete the essay portion of the application later. Interviews will be conducted in February. Decisions will be communicated to candidates before the deadline to register for the graduate housing draw.
We encourage you to investigate this opportunity, which represents one of the cornerstones of the undergraduate residential college experience at Princeton