Conference Fund

The PIIRS Conference Fund supports Princeton faculty research in international studies by providing funding for workshops, exploratory seminars and conferences organized by Princeton faculty and held on the Princeton campus.

PIIRS welcomes funding proposals from Princeton faculty for co-sponsorship of conferences and workshops.

Application guidelines for proposals submitted by January 17 (decision by February 15):

  1. Proposals requesting PIIRS administrative support will be awarded up to $18,000. Proposals requesting PIIRS co-sponsorship only will receive funding ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, with most awards falling between $2,000 and $5,000.
  2. Potential applicants must contact Nikki Woolward to ensure that the preferred dates of their events do not conflict with other PIIRS-sponsored programming. 
  3. Applications should be submitted electronically via an online form and include the following information:
    1. A proposed conference date that has received PIIRS approval; 
    2. A one-paragraph summary of the core idea of the proposed meeting;
    3. A description of the proposed meeting (approximately 5 to 10 pages in length, double-spaced) that explains its purpose and the significance of the topic, as well as provides a rough “game plan” (open to revision) for the days that you would like to meet;
    4. An annotated list of projected participants that includes a short description of the special perspective or expertise each one would bring to the meeting;
    5. A preliminary budget (including a list of other sources on or off campus that might be solicited to provide additional support, if necessary).
  4. An event that receives PIIRS funding must list PIIRS as a co-sponsor on all advertising materials. (A copy of the PIIRS logo can be provided.) An event program and poster/flyer should be filed with the PIIRS office for its records. PIIRS may also assist with event publicity, if requested and ample notice is provided.

Application guidelines for proposals submitted after January 17:

  1. Proposals for PIIRS event co-sponsorship submitted after January 17 will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Funding will range from $2,000 to $10,000, with most awards falling between $2,000 and $5,000. PIIRS will no longer provide administrative support for conferences and workshops outside its existing programs.
  2. Potential applicants must contact Nikki Woolward to ensure that the preferred dates of their events do not conflict with other PIIRS-sponsored programming. (In special cases, when a proposed event conflicts in timing but not in substance, e.g., a conference on world trade versus a film workshop, PIIRS may be petitioned to grant an exception to the date conflict. Such exceptions, however, will be rare over the course of an academic year).
  3. Proposals, submitted to Nikki Woolward, must include:
    1. a two-page overview of the content;
    2. a detailed budget;
    3. a list of all other funding sources, secured or pending.

Further questions about applications to the PIIRS Conference Fund can be addressed to Stephen Kotkin (155 Louis A. Simpson International Building, 609-258-8261). To obtain approval for a proposed conference date, contact PIIRS Program Manager Nikki Woolward.

2017-18 Conferences

April 6, 2018
April 27, 2018
April 28, 2018
Apply for Funds

2016-17 Conference Fund Application Form

Important Deadlines for PIIRS Conference Fund

Round 1: September 30

Round 2: January 17

Round 3: April 15



Please contact PIIRS Program Manager Nikki Woolward with proposed dates for conferences prior to applying for the Conference Fund.

To propose a conference, contact PIIRS Director Stephen Kotkin.