Undergraduate Research

PIIRS provides opportunities for undergraduates to fund their international research at Princeton. 

PIIRS was very supportive of my ideas and the fellowship gave me an opportunity that I would not have had otherwise. I met the most amazing people and collaborators, and I was able to collect research that's not found anywhere else.”
Jake Robertson
PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow, 2014-15

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies administers a program aimed at facilitating summer international research for the senior thesis. The fellowships are available to students working in any discipline who are about to begin the second semester of their junior year on campus and are interested in conducting summer research abroad for their senior thesis.

Up to 10 juniors will be selected through a competitive application process. Those accepted into the program will work with a PIIRS-appointed academic adviser during the spring semester of their junior year to develop a proposal for summer senior thesis research abroad (including a budget). These students are also required to attend on campus presentations on the challenges of engaging in international research.

Upon approval of the research proposal by the PIIRS director, a PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow will be eligible for $3,000–$6,000 in funding to meet the entirety of their travel and other expenses related to summer research abroad. The PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows are obligated in the spring of their senior year to give a short presentation on their field-work experiences to the incoming junior cohort.

To apply, students must submit a short statement outlining their senior thesis research interests; a statement of relevant course work, international experiences, or skills for carrying out research (for instance, foreign language skills); a copy of the most recent transcript; and one letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor familiar with your work. Please do not send additional writing samples. The application deadline is December 9, 2016.

The fellowship adviser for the 2016-17 year is Professor Julia Elyachar.

This year's Undergraduate Fellows include:

Harrison Blackman, "Our Man in ελλάδα: Constantinos Doxiadis and the Planning of Postwar Athens"
Dylan Blau Edelstein, "Painting Nise: An Exploration of Art, Memory, and Psychology in Rio de Janeiro"
Maria Garavito, "Gender Food, and Space: Gender Dynamics in Colombian Restaurants"
Minji Kim, "De Facto Statelessness of 2nd Generation North Korean Defectors in Yanji and Liaoning, China"
Preston Lim, “The Cost of Freedom: Contextualizing Turkey’s Jupiter Missiles”
Do-Hyeong Myeong, "An Analysis of the Role of Institutions Within the Resettlement Narratives of North Korean Defectors"
Yossi Quint, "The Development of Communal Prayer and Prayer Spaces in Judaism"
Daniel Teehan, "Articulating the Conditions of Possibility for Palestinian Cultural Production in Israel"
Achille Tenkiang, A Tale of Two Cities: Nationhood, Memory, and Monumentality in Dakar and Addis Ababa"

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund

The Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies supports supports summer study of third, fourth or fifth year Russian language, cultural/political research and internships in Russia, thanks to the generosity of the Monty Raiser '92 Fund.  

The Monty Raiser '92 Fund was established in 1993 in memory of R. Montgomery Raiser III, a Princeton student who had a strong interest in Russian affairs.   

The deadline is ongoing. 

Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize Fellowship

The Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize Fellowship, in the amount of $30,000, is awarded annually to a graduating Princeton senior who wishes to work or study abroad on matters in keeping with the spirit of Labouisse’s life, broadly conceived. Further information on the award may be found on the Office of International Programs website.

The application deadline is January 3, 2017.

An information session will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in 213 Aaron Burr Hall. 


PIIRS Undergraduate Funding Application

Questions? Contact Rachel Golden, program coordinator, or call 609-258-7497.

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund

Questions? Contact Carole Frantzen, program manager, or call 609-258-5978.

Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize Fellowship Application

The application deadline is January 3, 2017

Questions? Contact Rachel Golden, program manager, or call 609-258-7497.