Aspiring Scholars and Professionals


Aspiring Scholars and Professionals (ASAP) is a cohort program at Princeton’s Emma Bloomberg Center for Access & Opportunity, designed to introduce undergraduates from other New Jersey colleges and universities to higher education careers in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The program begins with a nine-week summer institute on the campus of Princeton University. During that time, students participate in professional development and research methods workshops, and are paired with a Princeton faculty or staff member for a research or professional internship. Unlike other summer internship programs, ASAP aims to help connect students with faculty or staff members on their home campuses, for academic-year research or professional internships. Periodic programming at Princeton, throughout the academic year following the summer, seeks to bring together ASAP interns, their home campus mentors, and Princeton summer mentors to inspire cross-institutional connections.

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Kelly Fowler: Education Redefined Her Life's Journey
Feb. 4, 2022

Kelly Fowler spent years trying to fight her incarceration for a crime she didn’t commit. At her lowest point, she needed to find something to “make this whole thing make sense.” She enrolled in college courses, completed her Associate Degree, has since completed a research internship at Princeton, and now has her sights set on a master’s…

Kean Students Climb Higher through Summer Research
April 26, 2021

"[Anna] Ferster, a communication/media and film major from Marlton, interned with Aspiring Scholars and Professionals at Princeton University, a selective program created to support students from underrepresented communities and backgrounds. 

She worked on a documentary investigation called 

We were both held in cages. Our goal now is to free others.
April 24, 2021

"Carlos Sierra arrived in the United States as a political refugee from Cuba in 1989. He was incarcerated at East Jersey State Prison and in ICE detention at the Essex County Correctional Facility. Currently, he works part-time as a program associate with First Friends of NJ & NY and is enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at the Bergen…