Graduate Research

PIIRS provides support to Princeton graduate students for summer research and learning in international and regional studies, advanced language training and dissertation completion.

Being a PIIRS Fellow has afforded me a place to write and create new connections with colleagues around the work I'm doing.
Kijan Maxam
PIIRS Graduate Fellow, 2015-2016

Graduate Fellows Program

PIIRS provides dissertation completion fellowships for advanced graduate students in international and regional studies. Students who receive fellowships share office space in the PIIRS suite and participate in a weekly interdisciplinary seminar in which they present their research.

PIIRS awards 12-15 Dissertation Writing Grants annually for either a semester or the full academic year to graduate students who work in international and regional studies (broadly defined) and who have reached Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status.

Three options are available:

  • Full-year grant with a stipend ($24,110) plus full DCE costs
  • Half-year grant with a stipend ($12,055) plus full DCE costs
  • Half-year grant with a stipend ($12,055) plus ½ DCE costs.

Graduate students who receive dissertation writing grants will be appointed PIIRS Graduate Fellows. Space permitting, those with yearlong support will be provided with shared office space in the PIIRS suite in the Louis A. Simpson International Building and will be expected to work on completing their dissertations in residence at PIIRS during the academic year. Fellowship recipients are required, without exception, to participate in a weekly PIIRS Graduate Fellows Seminar in which they will present a portion of their dissertation work and discuss the presentations of the other fellows.

2017-2018 Fellows

Graduate Summer Funding

Each year, PIIRS partners with a dozen academic programs and centers across campus to provide funding for graduate students through the annual Summer Funding Application for:

For grants specifically awarded by PIIRS through the Summer Funding Application, priority will be given to graduate students who also apply for supplementary funding from organizations outside Princeton University (e.g., NSF, Luce, SSRC) and complete the PIIRS External Funding Form. Applicants are expected to inform PIIRS if they receive awards from other sources as soon as that information is available.

External Funding Sources for Language Study, Research and Fellowships

Also see the Princeton University Graduate School for other possible funding opportunities.


Graduate Fellows/Dissertation Writing Grants Application Details
Deadline March 15, 2018

Contact Rachel Golden, program coordinator, with any questions, or call 609-258-7497. 

Summer Funding Application
February 15, 2018

Contact Carole Frantzen, program manager, or call 609-258-5978 with any questions.