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 proposals for co-sponsorship of conferences and workshops. Interested parties should first verify with  Nikki Woolward that their preferred dates are not already taken by another conference or workshop that PIIRS is sponsoring or co-sponsoring. 

If following step one there is no conflict, then PIIRS can consider funding requests in the range of $1,000 to $10,000, with most falling at or below $5,000. PIIRS cannot offer administrative support for conferences (except for those within its existing programs).

Proposals should be submitted to Nikki Woolward. They will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Along with a two-page overview of the content and a detailed budget, requests must be submitted with a list of all other sources of funding, secured or pending.

Those proposals that receive PIIRS funding must list PIIRS as a co-sponsor on all advertising materials. (A copy of the PIIRS logo can be provided.) PIIRS, too, can assist with publicity, and should be provided with a copy of the program and any flyers produced for our records.

Note: in some cases, when a date conflict is not also a substance conflict – say, a conference on world trade versus one on film – PIIRS can be petitioned to grant an exception. We expect such exceptions to be kept to a minimum over the course of an academic year.

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

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.