Research Initiatives

PIIRS complements its research community program with smaller grants to support Princeton faculty pursuing innovative research aimed at improving the understanding of world cultures and promoting knowledge about issues of global concern.

Current Initiatives

Call for Proposals

PIIRS is soliciting proposals from Princeton faculty for funding new research initiatives in international and regional studies. PIIRS will provide grants of up to $75,000 spread over three years (i.e., up to $25,000 per year for three years) to groups of two or three Princeton faculty in support of scholarly inquiry and dialogue on a theme within international and regional studies. The theme could involve a particular dimension of politics, economics, culture or societies within a specific region of the world, comparative inquiry cutting across world regions revolving around a specific topic, or some dimension of relations between states or across societies.

The funding should primarily be used to hold workshops or conferences, invite visiting lecturers, hold graduate student colloquia, develop courses, support graduate student research or other similar purposes. Activities must take place primarily on the Princeton campus.
Proposals should be approximately 8–10 pages in length and include:

  • An elaboration of the theme of the proposed initiative and its substantive importance
  • The qualifications of the organizers and their work on (and interest in) this topic 
  • A description of the kinds of activities that the proposed initiative might undertake 
  • A description of potential participants and audiences for the initiative (faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, etc.).

For questions about potential initiatives, the application process or to submit a proposal, contact PIIRS Director Stephen Kotkin.

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Need to Know

For questions about research initiatives, the application process or to submit a proposal, contact:

Stephen Kotkin
PIIRS Director