Graduate FAQs


How many pages are required for the writing sample?

The writing sample should be no more than 25 double spaced pages. 

What funding is available?

Funding is a combination of tuition and stipend for the 5 years of the program. Summer research funding is available from the University. 

How does advising work?

Students are admitted by a committee of the whole faculty. The first-year students are advised by the Director of Graduate Studies and mentors chosen by the Director. In the spring of the second year, students pick their Generals Committee co-chairs from amongst faculty. Following successful completion of the Generals in the fifth semester, students formalize their Dissertation Committee co-chairs. 

What is the course of study?

Students are required to take coursework in the first five semesters for a total of 12.5 courses completed.  Every semester students are expected to take two departmental "ANT" designated courses and one elective course the graduate levelThe electives may be taken in other University departments or, after the first year, through the consortium of graduate schools

Is fieldwork required?

Yes.  A minimum of 12 months is required as part of the program. Many students spend up to 18 months in the field. 

Is residency required?

Residency in Princeton is required for the first year, but strongly encouraged through the first semester of the third year (the proposal writing stage).

Anthropology Contacts

Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

Dr. Elizabeth Davis
Associate Professor of Anthropology
122 Aaron Burr Hall
(609) 258-8864
[email protected]


Graduate Program Administrator and Assistant to the Chair

Ryan Noll
115 Aaron Burr Hall
(609) 258-4549
[email protected]

(General contact for matters related to the graduate program in Anthropology)