Student Funding Opportunities

Each year, the Lewis Center for the Arts provides students the opportunity to spend the summer pursuing a project in the creative and performing arts. Current first-year students, sophomores or juniors may submit applications for course, travel, and/or thesis research costs related to their studies. Award winners and amounts are determined by a committee of Lewis Center faculty members.

Applications for summer 2020 are now closed. Students will be notified of funding decisions via email on April 17, 2020.


Students – please consider this information when applying for summer funding:

The Tiger Alert issued on 3/4/2020 recommended that University community members cancel or postpone all travel to CDC Warning Level 3 countries for the summer. Those planning summer trips to Asia and Europe are urged to consider postponing their plans now. The University will reassess whether additional restrictions should be applied for summer travel by April 1, 2020. The alert specifically stated that: “Campus funding sources should not release payment for any awards in support of summer international activities until this additional guidance has been released.”
SAFE funding administrators can continue to review applications and offer awards; however, in accordance with the Tiger Alert guidance, no campus funding source should release payment of any award in support of an international activity until further notice. Payment for on-campus and off-campus/domestic activities is not restricted at this time.

We advise students receiving SAFE award offers for international travel activities against making any non-refundable plans until after additional University guidance is provided (by April 1, 2020). Please contact safe@princeton.edu with any questions. The latest University guidance for students, faculty and staff is available on the University’s Emergency Management website.

For all non-travel related questions, please email Mary O’Connor at oconnorm@princeton.edu.


For information about prizes awarded by the faculty in recognition of outstanding work — which are not open to application — see Student Prizes Awarded for Excellence.

Mandatory Travel Requirement

Students must check the University’s Travel website before applying to see what countries are on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning List. The University and the Lewis Center will not fund undergraduate travel to countries on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning List. If funds are granted for travel, students must register their trip in CONCUR* as a requirement to receive those summer research funds.

*Information on how to register the trip via CONCUR will be issued only to those students who are notified that they have been awarded funding.

Application Requirements

Written Proposal

Please describe why you are requesting funding from the Lewis Center. Your 1,000 word maximum proposal must include:

  • Description of the original work that will evolve from your use of the funding
  • Explanation of how your academic studies are related to this project
  • A financial budget and description of how you will use the funding
  • Indicate if you have requested or received funding for this proposal from any other department
Supporting Document Requirements
  • Creative Writing—Please submit a writing sample of no more than ten (10) pages of your best poetry, prose fiction (double-spaced), translation OR screenwriting.
  • Dance/Theater—Supporting materials to be furnished if needed, upon request from the committee.
  • Visual Arts—Please attach a PDF containing images of recent work with captions or provide links to 5 minutes of video or performance work uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.

** Please Note: Any equipment purchased in relation to a project will remain property of the University.


Sorry, the application period for summer 2020 is closed.



Please contact Crystal Napoli
Academic Administrator
N204 Arts Tower
Lewis Arts complex
122 Alexander Street