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 15, 2019

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

Class of 2020 Fellows

Kenji Cataldo, History: “Protest and Expert Knowledge in 21st Century Puerto Rico”. Research conducted in Puerto Rico.

Yousef Elzalabany, Near Eastern Studies: “Against the Nation-State: Modes of Transnational Thought in the Postcolonial Arab World”. Research conducted in Egypt, Tunisia, and England.

David Friedman, Woodrow Wilson School: “Assessing the Prospects of Integration for Yemeni Migrants in South Korea”. Research conducted in South Korea.

Anna Marsh, Architecture: “Roberto Burle Marx’s Flamengo Park: Pedestrian Mobility in Opposition with Modernism and Brazil’s Military Dictatorship”. Research conducted in Brazil.

Rebecca Ngu, English: “The Uses of Walking: Developing a Critical Psychogeography in London”. Research conducted in England.

Marah Sakkal, Architecture: “Physical Manifestations and Ontological Imaginations of Beirut’s Post-Civil Reconstruction and its Application to Syrian Civil War Reconstruction”. Research conducted in Lebanon.

Abby Spare, English: “Noël Coward and Comedy in the Socio-Political British Moment”. Research conducted in England.

Catherine Sweeney, Sociology: “Ethnographic Study of Refugee Education in Uganda”. Research conducted in Uganda.

Zoe Zeitler, Civil & Environmental Engineering: “Architectural Self-Assembly Systems to Reduce Energy and Material Consumption during Construction”. Research conducted in Denmark and Germany.

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 (or a senior one year after graduation) 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 5, 2020.


PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowship Application

Information Session:
December 2, 2019
Noon to 1 p.m.
161 Louis A. Simpson International Building

The application deadline is December 15, 2019.

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

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund

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

Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize Fellowship Application

Information Session: TBD

The application deadline is January 5, 2020.

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