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PhD Studies

Doctoral Research Scholars

Princeton Theological Seminary welcomes doctoral students from other institutions to participate in the Doctoral Research Scholars Program (DRSP) and study for four months at Princeton with access to the seminary and university libraries. The DRSP is available to doctoral students in theology or religious studies enrolled in good standing in accredited degree programs (e.g., PhD and ThD).

Application for the Doctoral Research Scholars Program at Princeton Theological Seminary 

Two Tracks for the DRSP
Princeton Theological Seminary offers two tracks for the Doctoral Research Scholars Program that allow doctoral students to visit the Seminary for research purposes: 1) “Track A: Doctoral Research Scholars Program – PTS Funded,” which is open to doctoral students from institutions outside the fifty United States and 2) “Track B: Doctoral Research Scholars Program – Self-Funded,” which is open to students in institutions whether foreign or domestic. 

Conditions of Acceptance
Two conditions of acceptance apply to both tracks: 1) A PTS faculty member must agree to serve as the student’s primary adviser; and, 2) The student must agree to follow regulations; in particular, the Visa restriction, which does not permit employment of any sort, on or off campus. 

Features Common to Both Tracks
Admitted students will be assigned a faculty adviser, granted access to the seminary and university libraries, to computer labs, and to a PTS email account and campus postal box. Admitted students may apply without charge to audit (without academic credit) up to two PTS PhD seminars during their stay. Students accepted into either track A or B must pay for their roundtrip transportation, visa application fees, books, and any computer, telephone, or other personal expenses. 

Period of Study
The DRSP is designed to offer a brief (normally, a four-month) period of study for doctoral students in support of their dissertation research at their home institutions. Application for Track A may be made for the fall semester (late August-December) only. Application for Track B may be for either the fall semester (late August-December) or for the spring semester (late January-May). Students in Track B may apply for lengths of stay outside of the fall and spring semester provided a PTS faculty member is available to serve as an adviser and housing accommodations are available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Application Deadlines
DRSP Track A: PTS Funded
Applications are due in the Office of Academic Affairs, PhD Studies by February 1 for admission during the fall semester (late August-December). The applicant must complete the DRSP Online Application. Additional required credentials (see list under “Additional Documentation” Tab) may be submitted by post, FAX, or as PDF file attachments by email. The application will not be reviewed until all supporting documents are received. 

DRSP Track B: Self-Funded
Due the availability of PTS faculty during the fall and spring semesters, students are encouraged to apply for a four-month stay during the fall semester (late August-December) or the spring semester (late January-May). Applications are due in the Office of Academic Affairs, PhD Studies by February 1 for admission during the fall semester (late August-December) and by July 15 for admission during the spring semester (late January-May). Students may apply for lengths of stay outside of the fall and spring semester provided a PTS faculty member is available to serve as an adviser and housing accommodations are available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All applicants must complete the DRSP Online Application. Additional required credentials (see list under “Additional Documentation” Tab) may be submitted by post, FAX, or as PDF file attachments by email. The application will not be reviewed until all supporting documents are received.

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