Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

What is community-engaged scholarship (CES)? 

CES is a transdisciplinary field that connects academic teaching and research with community knowledge and practice.  

“Community-engaged scholarship encompasses mutually beneficial partnerships between universities and communities that seek to collaboratively develop and apply knowledge to address consequential public issues in our democracy.”  

-Cynthia Gordon da Cruz. “Community-Engaged Scholarship: Toward a Shared Understanding of Practice.” The Review of Higher Education, Volume 41, Number 2, Winter 2018, pp.147-167


The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) supports academic courses and research collaborations grounded in Princeton's commitment to research and education that benefit humanity. ProCES fosters relationships that bring community-identified priorities and interests into conversation with academic learning goals through experiential learning, including: community-based research, empirical analysis, service learning, citizen science, participant observation, public humanities, practicing arts, and other collaborative modalities and methods of knowledge co-creation. Our main program areas include:

  • Support for 80+ ProCES-designated courses during the academic year through community partnership cultivation, experiential learning course enhancements, and faculty development;
  • The Derian Summer Internship Program, a faculty-mentored and community-informed research internship supporting collaborations between faculty, undergraduate interns, and community experts;
  • Funding and support for community-engaged independent and thesis research and the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work;
  • Partnership with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement to support the integration of academic and co-curricular community-based learning through Service Focus, a university program that connects service and learning for students during their sophomore year. 


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Dobin Prize in Community-Engaged Independent Work Winners

The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship is proud to award the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Engaged Independent Work. This award is presented to students whose outstanding thesis best engages a community audience, whether through extensive research, policy recommendations, or new information and analysis.

Congratulations to the…

Community Engaged Scholarship & Environmental Justice Presentation

What: This event will share community engaged scholarship conducted as part of an ENV course and FRS course taught during the 2023-2024 academic year in collaboration with the Ramapough Culture & Land Foundation and the Asbury Park Reporter and community organizers from Asbury Park, NJ. The event will feature reflections by community…

for Faculty

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Community-engaged teaching enhances student learning through engagement with diverse perspectives, helping to communicate disciplinary knowledge to the broader public, and equipping students to be service-oriented scholars and leaders. ProCES resources support faculty in teaching community-engaged courses across disciplines.

for Students

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From your first semester at Princeton through your senior thesis, ProCES can help you connect your academic pursuits with community experience through community-engaged courses, internships, and funding for community-based independent research.

for Community Partners

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ProCES works with non-profit, NGO, and public sector partners locally in Princeton and greater Mercer County, regionally, and globally to help advance community-identified priorities and provide meaningful learning experiences for Princeton students.