Eligibility and Participation

I am a graduate student at a university outside of the United States. May I submit a paper to the conference?

Yes. The conference is open to international students. Please note that our travel reimbursement budget is limited; depending on the cost of your travel, we may only be able to reimburse a fraction of the expenses.

I am a receiving a Masters degree but not a PhD. May I submit my paper?


Must I submit a paper in order to participate in the conference?

Anyone who will be in the Princeton area at the time of the conference is welcome to attend panels and participate in the discussion. However, only students who have been invited to present their papers are eligible for financial assistance and accommodations. 

I will not be able to travel to Princeton in person. May I still participate?

No. We request that students only submit papers if they expect to be able to travel to Princeton in person. Students who wish to participate as audience members must also be able to attend in person. There are presently no plans to accommodate virtual discussion. 

Paper Requirements

My paper has already been (or will be) published. May I still submit it?

Generally, no. The purpose of the conference is to provide students with the opportunity to develop works in progress, often with an eye toward future publication. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. 

May I submit an abstract of the paper instead of the paper in its entirety?

No. We will only referee complete papers.

May I submit a paper in a language other than English?

No. The working language of the conference is English.

Is there a minimum word count?

No, although past accepted papers have generally contained between 7,500 and 10,000 words.

Must I format the paper according to a particular style guide?

 No. You may select a style guide. Please make sure that this remains consistent throughout the paper.

May I submit co-authored papers?

Yes. However, please be advised that financial assistance for travel and accommodations will be split amongst co-authors.

Presenting and Etiquette

Should I bring presentation materials (e.g. handouts, PowerPoints)?

No. Because discussants from Princeton initiate discussion and then open the floor to questions, additional presentation material is unnecessary.

Do I need to stay for the entirety of the conference?

Yes. We ask that all invited participants stay for the entirety of the conference. Exceptions can be made if there are unavoidable extenuating circumstances.

Please direct further questions to polthry 'at' princeton 'dot' edu.