Visiting Internship for Ph.D. Students (VIPS) Program


The VIPS program is a new initiative of the DEI committee of the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. VIPS will support 2-4 Ph.D. students who are full-time students at other universities for a two month internship in the Princeton Psychology Department. Interns are expected to work closely with a PI in our department on a project or skill development that the two propose together as part of the application process - and with the approval of the student’s home advisor. Ideal projects advance the student’s learning and/or career or utilize unique training or resources available at Princeton. Possible projects are listed below.


  • The program will run from June 1 to July 31, 2024 (these are firm start and endpoints given housing constraints).
  • Interns receive graduate dorm housing on campus (estimated value: $2,000) and a stipend ($6,000), as well as reimbursement of travel to/from Princeton (up to $500).
  • Specific faculty who are considering applicants this summer are listed below. Applicants should email one of these potential advisors before applying. We expect applicants to have developed their application in collaboration with the current Princeton faculty member.
  • Students who are selected for the VIPS program will come to Princeton through the University's Visiting Student Research Collaborator program.


  • Must be a current Ph.D. student at another institution at the time of application, and must be expected to continue the following academic year at their home institution.
  • Must have support and approval from their home Ph.D. advisor.
  • All international applicants must already have a valid F-1 or J-1 student visa. Visas will not be given specifically for this program.
  • Only students who do not have summer funding are eligible to apply. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact us for consideration. We anticipate funding up to 4 students during Summer 2024.


December 15, 2023: deadline for applications

February 1, 2024: final decisions

June 1 - July 31, 2024: VIPS program

How to Apply

Please complete the VIPS Program application only after discussing with your Princeton host faculty member. That faculty member will be the one to submit your application to [email protected] [NOTE: We will not accept applications submitted directly from students.] Please ensure that your host knows they need to submit your application by December 15 - and confirm that they have.

Have your home institution Ph.D. advisor email a 1-page letter indicating (1) if the student has any summer funding, and (2) if the student has the advisor's support to come to Princeton as part of the VIPS program. The letter should be sent directly from your advisor to [email protected] with the subject line: VIPS:LOR

Faculty Seeking VIPS for Summer 2024