Thesis Planning

GHP Senior Thesis Project

Bringing It All Together

Image removed.In many ways, the global health senior thesis project is the pinnacle of the GHP experience. It draws on coursework. It is enhanced by years of study with faculty across departments. It comes to life through prior summer research. Finally, it allows you to dedicate a full year to the issues that most resonated personally.

Integrating Summer Research

Planning your senior thesis is much like planning your summer research project. For that reason, we recommend that you begin thinking about your senior thesis as you plan your GHP summer research project. Get summer research planning tips.

Thesis Planning Tips

The opportunity to pursue original research is an exciting aspect of your time at Princeton. Here’s how to make the most of it.


The GHP senior thesis requirement can be fulfilled in three ways. Consider which approach works best for you:

  • An integrated thesis, jointly submitted to your home department and GHP, that centers on a global health and health policy topic
  • A thesis that does not center on a global health and health policy topic, but that includes a final chapter that connects and/or applies the preceding thesis content to a global health and health policy issue
  • An independent research paper, separate from the thesis, on a topic of your choosing, centered on global health and health policy
Consult with your department.

Many departments publish guides to assist students with thesis planning and development.

Choose your topic wisely.

Consider the global health issues:

  • That you find most interesting
  • That connect well to your home department
  • That will sustain your interest over the course of a year
Find your advisor.

Think about faculty members you may want to work with – and then reach out. (The sooner the better.) As a GHP student, your advisor will normally be in your home department, but we are available to provide additional guidance along the way. When all is said and done, be sure to thank them!

Be smart about timing.

Map out your process for the year – and then stick to it. The best thesis projects take advantage of their yearlong timeline.

Explore your funding options.

If you are a participating Health Scholar, summer funding for thesis-related research is included. For all other projects, departmental and other funding sources may be available. Begin your search with SAFE, Princeton's Student Activities Funding Engine. For information about additional funding possibilities, feel free to contact us.