Undergraduate Fellowships

PIIRS provides opportunities for undergraduates to fund their international research at Princeton. 

PIIRS was very supportive of my ideas and the fellowship gave me an opportunity that I would not have had otherwise. I met the most amazing people and collaborators, and I was able to collect research that's not found anywhere else.”
Jake Robertson
PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow, 2014-15

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies administers a program aimed at facilitating summer international research for the senior thesis. These fellowships are available to students working in any discipline who are about to begin the second semester of their junior year on campus, and are interested in conducting summer research abroad for their senior thesis.

Up to 10 juniors will be selected through a competitive application process. Those accepted into the program will work with a PIIRS faculty member during the spring semester of their junior year to develop a proposal for summer senior thesis research abroad.

Upon successful completion of the program, including submission of a grant proposal and budget, students are awarded funds for summer research. Each PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow is eligible for $3,000–$6,000 in funding to meet the entirety of their travel and other expenses related to summer research abroad. In the spring of their senior year, PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows are obligated to give a short presentation on their fieldwork experiences to the incoming junior cohort and to be available for occasional consultation where appropriate with the new cohort. 

Application Requirements

  1. Submit a short statement outlining your senior thesis research interests. Please explain why research abroad is crucial for the senior thesis you hope to write. We do not expect a fully developed research proposal — that is something you will develop if accepted as a PIIRS undergraduate research fellow — but we do want to see substantial evidence of critical thinking about your senior thesis and the kind of research you want to carry out.
  2. A statement of relevant course work, international experiences or skills that will help you in conducting this research.
  3. A copy of your most recent transcript.
  4. One letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor familiar with your work.

Submit all application materials in Global Programs System (GPS).

Application Deadline: December 9, 2018

The fellowship adviser is Max Weiss, associate professor of history and Near Eastern studies.

Class of 2019 Fellows

Lauren Auyeung, architecture: "The Dancing Body in Urban Space: A Spatial Analysis of Hip-Hop Dance Practices in Tokyo, Japan". Research conducted in Japan from July 28 to August 31, 2018.

David Exume, sociology: "Migrant Support in Haitian-Canadian Radio Stations". Research conducted in Canada from August 21 to September 9, 2018.

Mariachiara Ficarelli, anthropology: "Lost and Found in the Mediterranean: Religious Imaginaries and Colonial Ghosts between Italy and Eritrea". Research conducted in Italy from May 27 to July 14, 2018.

Majida Halaweh, history: "The Role of Tahini in Palestinian and Israeli Cuisine and Political Economy from the British Mandate to Today". Research conducted in Israel from August 13 to September 6, 2018.

Sebastian Holt, independent concentrator, linguistics: "Mother Tongues and Opportunity in Uttarakhand; Sociolinguistic & Pedagogical Survey". Research conducted in India from June 27 to August 22, 2018.

Alexandra Kersley, history: "The Movemento Feminino Pela Anistia and Brazil’s 1979 Amnesty Law". Research conducted in Brazil from August 4 to August 24, 2018.

Devin Kilpatrick, sociology: "Extranjero Siempre: An Ethnography of Repatriated Guatemalan-Americans in Guatemala's Capital City". Research conducted in Guatemala from August 10 to September 10, 2018.

Jack Lohmann, English: "Reporting on Refugees in New Zealand". Research conducted in New Zealand from May 30 to June 21, 2018.

Matthew Parodi, politics: "Representing Indigeneity: A study on the indigenous rights movement of Taiwan through polling data and ethnic narratives in the tourism industry". Research conducted in Taiwan from July 1 to August 11, 2018.

GJ Sevillano, politics: "Grounds for Coalition: Deconstructing College Student-Led Demonstrations, Rallies and Protests During the Marcos Regime". Research conducted in Philippines from August 4 to September 1, 2018.

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund

The Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies supports supports summer study of third, fourth or fifth year Russian language, cultural/political research and internships in Russia, thanks to the generosity of the Monty Raiser '92 Fund.  

The Monty Raiser '92 Fund was established in 1993 in memory of R. Montgomery Raiser III, a Princeton student who had a strong interest in Russian affairs.   

The deadline is ongoing. 

Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize Fellowship

The Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize Fellowship, in the amount of $30,000, is awarded annually to a graduating Princeton senior who wishes to work or study abroad on matters in keeping with the spirit of Labouisse’s life, broadly conceived. Further information on the award may be found on the Office of International Programs website.

The application deadline is January 3, 2019.


PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowship Application

Questions? Contact Rachel Golden, institute coordinator, or call 609-258-7497.

Information Session: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 12 PM in 161 Louis A. Simpson International Building

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund

Questions? Contact Carole Dopp, program manager, or call 609-258-5978.

Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize Fellowship Application

Information Session: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm in 144 Louis A. Simpson International Building

The application deadline is January 3, 2019.

Questions? Contact Rachel Golden, institute coordinator, or call 609-258-7497.