Hosting & Mentoring a University Administrative Fellow

Career Management

Mentor, Inspire and Empower Graduate Students

Mentorship is at the heart of the University Administrative Fellows Program
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Until further notice, this Fellowship program (and all related activities) will be conducted remotely. For more information about COVID-19 policies, please consult the Princeton Spring2021 website.

Overview of the UAF Program

Program Description

Created in 2014, the University Administrative Fellows (UAF) program provides enrolled graduate students (typically post-generals Ph.D. students) the opportunity to work in an administrative capacity for approximately six hours per week during the course of a semester.

UAF hosts craft their position descriptions in consultation with Assistant Dean James M. Van Wyck. The GradFUTURES team then circulates the posting to graduate students in the GradFUTURES Professional Development Newsletter, and on the GradFUTURES website. In most cases, graduate students apply directly to the host department and the host department selects the fellow.

The fellowship consists of working on a project under the direction of the host department, attending meetings when appropriate, and discussing with the host the various aspects of the host’s position, including specific responsibilities, organizational dynamics, external networks, etc.

Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend (which is covered by the host office, in most cases) in addition to their normal support. Before accepting the fellowship, selected students must receive permission from their dissertation adviser(s) and must be in good academic standing


Graduate students

  • gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for university administration
  • are mentored by a non-faculty member on campus
  • learn new skills or use existing skills to complete a project in a department outside their academic department
  • are introduced to a potential career field

Administrative mentors

  • work with graduate students on a discreet deliverable or an on-going project
  • gain a deeper appreciation of the many abilities Princeton graduate students have, and better utilize these talents in the context of their own offices


At the end of each UAF appointment, the fellows and mentors are surveyed regarding their experience and provide suggestions for further program development. The fellows and mentors also submit a short one-page document describing the outcomes for each UAF mentor/mentee pairing.


Adjustments are made to the program based on survey feedback. For instance, based on survey feedback after the first years of the program, we have added a professional development seminar series as a requirement of the program. Fellows are required to attend four out of six seminars. Seminar topics range from “Managing Up: How to Connect with your Mentor” to “Legal and Ethical Topics in Higher Education” to “Understanding the University as a Complex Organization."


Hear from Current and Former UAFs

  • Avery Agles, GS, CBE

    "My experience has totally transformed my idea of academia into a place where meaningful change and empowerment can happen."
  • Kimberly Akano, GS, REL

    Kimberly Akano is a Ph.D. student in Religion and a University Administrative Fellow with GradFutures.

  • Mai Alkhamissi, GS, ANT

    Mai K. Alkhamissi is a second-year PhD student with an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths and a BA in Anthropology and...

  • Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS

    "The GradFutures program is a great initiative for the professional development of graduate students at Princeton."
  • Natalie Berkman, *18, FIT

    "Organizing the first Grad Student Career Meetup helped me to start picturing myself doing other things, and now I am happily managing academics at a...
  • Zoë Buonaiuto, *18, HIS

    • Zoë Buonaiuto, *18, HIS
      • University Administrative Fellow
      • Professional Development Working Group Member
      • Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program
    "Participating in the UAF program was one of the most formative experiences I had at Princeton. The program provided me important mentorship, a...
  • Caitlin Charos, *19, ENG

    "As a UAF, I found the structure, skill-building, and community I was looking for to make my graduate school experience more intentional. I highly...
  • Sophie Chopin, GS, FIT

    Sophie is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of French and Italian.

  • Phillip Clayman, GS, CHE

    Phillip Clayman is a graduate student in the Chemistry department. He also was a University Administrative Fellow in Research Computing in Spring...

  • Duygu Coskuntuna, GS, NES

    Duygu Coskuntuna is a Ph.D candidate at Near Eastern Studies, and holds a M.A in History from Boğaziçi University.

  • Judy Du, GS, QCB

    Judy Du is a graduate student in Quantitative and Computational Biology at Princeton. She was also a University Administrative Fellow in Research...

  • Elizabeth Durham, GS, ANT

    "My UAF with Princeton Writes has been a wonderful venue for examining the issue of efficacy in communication and the role of effective communication...