Office of the Dean for Research UAF

Fellowship Description

The Office of the Dean for Research (DFR) helps faculty, students, and staff connect with the external and external resources necessary for conducting research. Within DFR, Research Development supports strategic, capacity-building efforts to secure external funding for research initiatives across the University. We take a holistic approach to research development by nurturing the entire research ecosystem, supporting researchers from all disciplines and backgrounds. Areas of emphasis include funding for centers and institutes, training grants, and projects that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. We work in ways that are collaborative and inclusive, and ensure equitable access to opportunities and professional support.

The DFR Research Development UAF will support capacity-building efforts within the Office of the Dean for Research to better understand the landscape for the broader impact of research (sometimes called research impact [RI]). RI is a vital facet of Princeton's research ecosystem, because it extends the benefits of research far beyond the campus and advances the University's commitment to the "Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity." The UAF will support a landscape analysis of existing RI activities, programs, staffing, and campus partners, and contribute to the development of a strategy for better supporting researchers and teams who are planning future RI activities.

We invite inquiries from students in all disciplines who want to better understand the complexity and significance of sponsored research at Princeton, and who want to contribute to Princeton's research mission. Important skills include: time management, diplomacy in written and oral communications, researching literature, and organizing qualitative data.

Key activities

These may include:

  • Interviewing faculty and staff at Princeton to determine current capabilities and needs in RI
  • Researching RI infrastructure, practices, and successes at other institutions
  • Researching RI best practices, toolkits, and literature
  • Gathering, sorting, and analyzing program data
  • Participating in strategy meetings

UAF Mentor

Jennifer Speed
Research Development Strategist, Office of the Dean for Research
Future Faculty Workshop Speaker

Jennifer Speed is a research development strategist in the Office of the Dean for Research. Her work concerns the entire research ecosystem at Princeton, with a special focus on supporting researchers at all career stages, and in all disciplines, in securing external funding for their research, scholarship, and creative activities. She was formerly research professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton, and has secured grants for her own research for more than twenty-years, including awards from the Mellon Foundation, NEH, Fulbright, the American Historical Association, and the Spanish government. 

Current & Former UAF Fellows & Mentors

Avery Agles, GS, CBE
University Administrative Fellow
Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO
Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Participant, American Higher Ed & Ethics of AI Learning Cohorts & Professional Development Working Group Member
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Kimberly Akano, GS, REL
University Administrative Fellow
Mai Alkhamissi, GS, ANT
Community College Teaching Fellow
University Administrative Fellow
Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Ellen Ambrosone
South Asian Studies Librarian
Anna Arabindan-Kesson
Assistant Professor and Director, Art Hx