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.

Important dates:
Information Session: November 9, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, 161 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Application Deadline: December 9, 2017

The fellowship adviser is Professor Julia Elyachar.

This year's Undergraduate Fellows include:

Fiona Bell, “Space and the Poetic Consciousness: Home and Emigration in the Poetry of Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva"
Zachariah DeGiulio, “How do Congolese Citizens Traveling Along the Spine of the Congo River Conceptualize Transportation Infrastructure and Travel Writ Large?"
Edric Huang, “Spatial Imaginaries and Networks of Knowledge in the “Afterlife” of Calais Jungle"
Kermode Lachlan, "Representing Privacy: Revealing the Internet"
Faridah Laffan, “Living in a Material World: Cultural Intersections in the Objects of Colonial Brazil”
Justinas Mickus, “An Analysis of the the European Union's Eastern Partnership (EaP) Combining Insights from International Relations and Comparative Politics"
Elon Schmidt-Swartz, “Yeshayahu Leibowitz and the Marburg School of Neo-Kantianism: Radical Approaches to Theology and Zionism"
Miki Somosot, “Effect of Remittances on Macro-Level Economic Growth and Micro-Level Community Development"

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, 2018.


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

Information Session: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm in 144 Louis A. Simpson International Building

The application deadline is January 3, 2018.

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