Admission to the program is highly competitive. Successful applicants generally present strong undergraduate training, with concentrations in mathematics, physics, or engineering, and high scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), both on the GRE General Test and the GRE Subject Test in physics. Students accepted to the program are normally offered research assistantships, which include tuition expenses and a generous stipend. Prospective students are encouraged, however, to apply for any outside fellowships for which they may qualify.

Application Requirements

All applicants must complete a web-based application. The application fee is $95. When applying, select "Program in Plasma Physics" in the "Department Choices" section. The deadline for submitting an application is December 15th. A completed application includes:

  1. One transcript from every college or university from which you have earned, or expect to earn, a degree must be uploaded with your electronic application in the space provided.
  2. Three electronic letters of recommendation written in English are required from faculty members or others well-acquainted with your academic work.
  3. Valid GRE General Test and GRE Physics Subject Test scores submitted from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Princeton University's institution code is 2672. Department codes are not used at Princeton and are not required by ETS.
  4. A statement of purpose and a resume/curriculum vitae.

Please note: GRE General Test and Physics Subject Test scores are accepted but not required for 2021 admission due to the worldwide disruption caused by Covid-19.

Application Fee Waivers

You may be eligible for an application fee waiver:

  1. Partner Programs. Applicants who have participated in certain partner programs aimed at broadening educational access automatically receive a fee waiver within the application system. Such applicants check a box within the application indicating their participation and are then asked to upload a letter from the program verifying their participation. The partner programs are: AmeriCorps, CORO Fellows, FAF, Fleet Fellows, GEM, IIE/Fulbright, IIPP, IRT, JSI, Leadership Alliance, McNair, Mellon Mays, NYC Urban Fellows, Peace Corps, PPIA, RWJMS, SINSI, U.S. Military, VEF or Yellow Ribbon Program.
  2. Financial Hardship. This year, any student who has received a GRE fee reduction and provides the fee reduction code from GRE will automatically receive an admission application fee waiver within our application system. Additionally, applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may request a fee waiver from the Graduate School based on financial hardship.

For more information about application fee waivers or to contact the grad school go to Application Fee Waivers.