Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to pay for parking?
A: No, you don’t. The university gives everyone one parking space. 

Q: Can I choose my own office?
A: Fellows, postdocs, and visiting professors are not allowed to choose their own offices. The Center assigns office spaces based on a variety of factors and we are unable to accommodate requests for specific offices.

Q: Can I receive my NetID early?
A: The Office of Information Technology assigns NetIDs ninety days in advance of your appointment start date. They will not assign the NetID earlier than this timeframe.

Q: When can I move into my office and how long I can stay after my appointment?
A: We try to be as flexible as possible, but what this means is that we’re being flexible to outgoing fellows as well as the next group of fellows coming in. For this reason, the date when you can move in and move out is treated on a case-by-case basis. It’s best to check with Dawn Disette or Kim Girman if you plan to arrive earlier than September 1 or you’d like to stay in Princeton past July 1.

Q: Can I mail packages in advance of my coming to Princeton?
A: Yes, you can mail packages in advance of coming to Princeton. Please verify the appropriate building that you have been assigned to and address the packages accordingly. UCHV staff cannot be responsible for moving packages back and forth between buildings. Secondly, note that the 5 Ivy Lane building does not have an elevator, so packages will be left in an open lobby area until you arrive. UCHV staff will not be able to carry your packages up the stairs to your office; the expectation is that you will handle that once you arrive. In addition, the Center staff cannot assume responsibility for the safety of your packages during the time between the package arriving and your arrival.

Q: When my fellowship ends, can the Center staff help me pack up and mail packages back to my home institution?
A: Unfortunately, the Center staff cannot help you with this. With approximately 10-12 visitors a year, it’s not feasible for the Center staff to assist everyone in this manner. However, Dawn and Kim are happy to order packing supplies on your behalf and those supplies will be charged to the Center.

Q: Can I apply expenses associated with mailing boxes to/from my home to the Center to my research account or must it be applied to my relocation fund?
A: Those expenses are considered to be relocation expenses, so they may only be charged to the relocation fund.

Q: Can I hire a graduate student or undergraduate research assistant during my time at Princeton and can I use my research fund to pay them? If so, how?
A: Yes, you can hire a student to be a research assistant. The only funds that can be used to pay them are your research funds. If you decide you’d like to do this, please be in touch with Regin Davis. There are certain steps that need to be taken to hire the student and ensure that they qualify to work at the university. Regin can also help you determine the correct rate of pay.