Application Process

How to Apply to PSJP

The application deadline for the 2021 Princeton Summer Journalism Program has passed.

Students apply in the winter-spring of their junior year and attend the program during the summer between junior and senior year. No exceptions will be made for students in any other grades. If you are a 9th or 10th grader, you can sign-up here to be contacted when the application opens in future years.

2021 Program Dates: mid-June through early August 2021

Students complete three rounds to apply for PSJP. Details for each round are below.

Application Rounds 1, 2, and 3

Round 1: December - March

The application deadline for the 2021 Princeton Summer Journalism Program has passed and we are no longer accepting new applications.

Round 2: March - April

Semi-finalists must send or have school officials send us copies of the following documents within two weeks of being notified:

  1. Your official high school transcript

  2. Your parent/guardian's income-tax return (the 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ form) for the calendar year 2019 and, if available, 2020 of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s); or a signed statement by your parent(s)/guardian(s) saying that they do not file income tax returns, explaining why, and detailing sources and amounts of all income for each year, 2019 and 2020. Every finalist whose family files taxes will be required to submit 2020 taxes before decisions are finalized in May.

  3. A recommendation letter from a teacher in a core academic subject. Only one recommendation is required.

  4. high school profile from your guidance or college counselor. If your school does not have a profile, we will provide a form they can fill out to the best of their ability.

  5. Samples of your writing from your high school newspaper or other publication (if you have them)

Round 3: April - May

A select number of students will be chosen as finalists and invited to interview via phone conference for the final round of the application process. More information will be provided to those students when the time comes.

All participants will be notified of their final decisions by mid-May.

For more information about the application process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.