Resident Graduate Student Position


FSI Summer 2021


What is the Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)?

FSI is a seven-week online summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester.  During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through one credit-bearing seminar-style course. They engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities and work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields. By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors.  In the summer of 2021, FSI will begin on June 27th and conclude on August 22nd

FSI Resident Graduate Students (RGSes) play a crucial role in the administration of the program, serving as liaisons between the undergraduate students (participants and Residential College Advisers) and FSI program administrators.


What does an RGS do?

RGSes have the following primary responsibilities during FSI, which they undertake with the support of a Director of Student Life, Olivia Weiner, and FSI’s Associate Director, Dr. Ashlee Shaw:

·  Facilitating weekly “core group” meeting of FSI Residential College Advisers (RCAs), a group of 10-15 undergraduates who act as advisers and mentors to the incoming freshmen;

·  Assisting with the programming of non-academic activities for FSI participants, especially on evenings and weekends;

·  Promoting the programs developed by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning designed to provide participants with academic support (study halls, academic skills workshops);

·  Offering developmentally appropriate advising;

·  Coordinating with the Director of Student Life (DSL) and the Associate Director of the Freshman Scholars Institute to respond to any crisis situations;

·  Ensuring strong communication between the RCAs and the FSI program administrators and promoting the smooth operation of the program in all ways necessary.


When is the program?

June 27 – August 22, 2021. In addition to these summer commitments, RGSes should plan on attending professional development trainings and staff meetings in late May and early June (dates and times TBD).  


What is the time commitment involved?

Approximately 20 hours per week, with evening and weekend work required.


Will the program be virtual or residential?

While the core components of FSI 2021 will be virtual, we anticipate that there will be a subset of FSI Scholars who may need on-campus accommodations during the program period-- and therefore, would be in need of an in-person RGS. If you plan on living on campus, or would be interested in living on campus for the summer 2021 period, please indicate this in your application. Compensation would be adjusted to include room and board in addition to the compensation outlined below.


How is the RGS compensated?

The RGS receives a taxable stipend of between $4,500 and $5,000. (NB: A salary range is provided, as total compensation over the summer cannot exceed the limit set by the Graduate School.)


Who is eligible to be a RGS?

Eligibility is limited to enrolled or post-enrolled Princeton graduate students. Only in rare exceptions will non-Princeton graduate students be considered. Preference will be given to students who have completed their general exams before the start of the program.


How does the application process work?

If you are interested in the position, contact Dr. Ashlee Shaw ([email protected]) or Olivia Weiner ([email protected]).  A completed application (including the names and contact information of two references, one faculty) must be submitted electronically to [email protected] by noon on Monday, March 22nd.  After an initial review of applications, those candidates whose credentials seem to most closely fit the needs of the position will be invited to interview the following week.  Please keep in mind that a background check is required upon being hired.




Name: ______________________________   Department: _________________________


Pronouns: ___________________________


Email Address: ________________________ University Employee ID#: ______________       


Local Address: ­­­____________________________________________________________


Telephone:  Cell: ________________  Office:  _____________   Home: ______________


Degree Track (e.g., Ph.D., M.P.A., M.S.E.): _____________________________________


If Ph.D., have you taken your General Examinations? If  yes, date completed: __________

                                                             If no, anticipated completion date: __________


Will you be enrolled in 2021-2022?  Yes______ No______

-If yes, date enrollment ends ___________________________________________________

-If no, date enrollment ended __________________________________________________


What is your University status as of July 1, 2021? _________________________________


Education:  Undergraduate College:  _________________  Major: ___________________


Other Higher Education:  ____________________________________________________



Do you have a valid driver’s license?  Yes______ No______


Are you University van certified?  Yes______ No______



What previous work experiences have you had?  If you choose, you may attach a C.V. or resume, but please use the space below to highlight the most relevant experiences.








What kinds of hobbies or recreational activities do you enjoy most?







Personal Statement: Please read the description of the Freshman Scholars Institute in the attached RGS Position Description and answer the following question, using one other page:


Considering your other academic commitments, as well as your own personality, energy, and interests, what do you think you would contribute to the Freshman Scholars Institute and what do you hope to gain from it?


References: Please list the names and addresses of two people (at least one faculty member) whom the selection committee can contact as references:


                     Name                                   Phone/E-mail                       Relationship


1.  __________________________________________________________________________


2.  __________________________________________________________________________


To be considered for appointment as a Resident Graduate Student, graduate students must have the approval of their respective Directors of Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School Office. International students should verify with the Davis International Center that they are eligible to participate in this type of employment.  



Director of Graduate Studies                                                            Department                         (please print name)            



Director's Signature                                                                                     Date




Cole Crittenden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs                             Date




Agreement: I certify that all information provided herein is true and complete to the best of my knowledge.  I understand that any false statement(s) may be considered grounds for elimination from employment consideration and, if I am hired, grounds for dismissal.



Applicant's Signature                                                                                  Date


Completed applications should be submitted to the FSI Search Committee at

[email protected]

 by noon on Monday, March 22, 2021

You may download the RGS application here.