Join the Scholars Institute Fellows Program!

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Smiling, happy, SIFP students during Wintersession trip to NYC to 305 Fitness, January 2019.

Welcome to Princeton University, Tigers!

We are thrilled that you are thinking of joining our community. We’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about amazing resources available just for FLi (first-generation and/or low-income) students at the University!

The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) is a four-year scholars program dedicated to first-generation and/or low-income Princeton students. SIFP provides scholars with individualized mentorship and guidance from upperclass students, graduate students, faculty, and staff. SIFP Fellows also receive guided exposure to enrichment opportunities both on and off campus— think internships, fellowships, scholarships, and campus jobs!

In addition, after their first year, SIFP Fellows are eligible for funded leadership, mentorship, and research experiences. Most importantly, SIFP Fellows have the chance to make new friends through weekly mentorship groups, fun social events, and off-campus trips to places like Six Flags, Boston, and Niagara Falls, among other destinations. Above all, SIFP helps students develop a tight-knit community where they feel welcome, motivated, and supported.

Still on the fence about joining? Hear directly from some of our awesome “SIFPeep” scholars below!

“SIFP really helped create a community of people that I felt I could relate to. It offered a lot of information about opportunities that I could take advantage of. Through SIFP I got my job at the McGraw center, learned about the Prison Teaching Initiative, and had opportunities to network and to develop skills like resume-building and writing research proposals.”
– Karina Aguilar Guerrero ‘20

“What I like most about SIFP is that it creates a sense of community among students spread out all across campus. It feels good to know that I am part of a support network of students and SIFP administrators who are there to help at a moment’s notice. SIFP events are always fun and informative and the people are awesome.”
– David Lopera ’19

We hope that you’ll join our SIFPrinceton community!

If you identify as a “Fli” student, look out for an email from us this August with more information. And you’ll find applications for SIFP on our website starting August 1! 

We look forward to meeting you all in the fall—and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at with any questions!

Author Profile

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Ashlee Shaw, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Scholars Institute Fellows Program

Dr. Ashlee Shaw serves as the Associate Director for the Scholars Institute Fellows Program in ODOC’s Office of Programs for Access and Inclusion. In this role, Dr. Shaw creates, implements, and manages programs and initiatives within the Office of the Dean of the College that support and advance Princeton’s commitment to an inclusive student body. In her free time, Dr. Shaw enjoys dancing, playing video games, going to concerts, and playing with her Shiba Inu, Nutmeg (but not all at the same time).