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.

The program seeks to promote innovation in research in international studies through support of conferences or workshops aimed at producing a publication or paving the way for further collaborative work. PIIRS not only provides the funding for these endeavors, but also provides staff support to aid in organizing these events.

The PIIRS Conference Fund will provide up to $18,000 per proposal toward projected meeting costs. Proposals are subject to review by the Executive Committee of PIIRS. There is no restriction on subject matter, so long as the meeting engages international studies (specifically, the study of issues in global, comparative or regional perspective) in some fashion. PIIRS does not fund meetings simply because they involve participants from abroad.

PIIRS especially encourages proposals that cut across disciplinary or regional boundaries and that seek to produce a final publishable product. All publications that ensue from PIIRS-sponsored meetings must acknowledge the support of PIIRS, and a copy of all such publications must be deposited after publication with the PIIRS office.

All events funded through the PIIRS Conference Fund take place at the Louis A. Simpson International Building under the supervision of PIIRS and, whenever possible, with the administrative support of PIIRS staff. Faculty interested in obtaining matching funds from PIIRS for conferences sponsored primarily by other units on campus should not apply to the PIIRS Conference Fund, but should instead contact the PIIRS director directly.

The deadlines for submitting proposals for funding through the PIIRS Conference Fund are: September 30 (with an expected decision date of November 1) and January 17 (decision by February 15) and April 15 (decision by May 30). Proposed conference dates must be coordinated with PIIRS prior to submitting a proposal. Applications should be submitted electronically via the online form and include the following information:

  •  A one-paragraph summary of the core idea of the proposed meeting
  •  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
  •  An annotated list of projected participants that includes a short description of the special perspective or expertise each one would bring to the meeting
  •  A preliminary budget (including a list of other sources on or off campus that might be solicited to provide additional support, if necessary)
  • A proposed conference date that has received PIIRS approval. 

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

September 29, 2017 to September 30, 2017
“The Geopolitical Aesthetic of (Post-)Socialisms” is an interdisciplinary and comparative conference inviting participants to critically assess (post-)socialism as a historical and/or future site that demands further investigation on socialism’s continuous afterlives. Putting in flux the chronological succession of past, present, and future, our usage of post- and late- socialisms draws attention to the geographical and temporal assumptions that mediate, restrict, and expand our collective understanding of the aesthetics and politics of socialism in Russia, China, and beyond
October 6, 2017 to October 7, 2017
An international conference on the intersection of religion and literature in medieval China, focusing on the impact of Buddhism and Daoism on a wide range of elite and popular literary texts and religious practices in the 3rd-11th centuries CE. This conference will also be held in honor of one of the most influential scholars of religious Daoism working today, Professor Stephen Bokenkamp, Regents’ Professor in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. Professor Bokenkamp’s scholarship has been groundbreaking for bringing together the many cross-currents of religious, intellectual, and literary traditions that are usually studied separately. Registration will begin in August 2017.
November 30, 2017 to December 2, 2017
This conference and edited volume represent the first international effort dedicated to exploring continental European illuminated manuscripts from the multifaceted, still poorly understood era of the tenth and eleventh centuries. The project demonstrates how the study of manuscripts revises and enriches our knowledge of this elusive historical period.
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.