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Exploration Seminars

Exploration Seminars are on-campus seminar courses that incorporate a faculty-led international travel component, which takes place during the course or immediately afterward.

Call for Proposals: Exploration Seminars

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), in cooperation with the Office of International Programs (OIP), is now accepting faculty proposals for Exploration Seminars for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

Exploration Seminars are regular on-campus seminar courses that incorporate a faculty-led international travel component, which can take place during the course (fall break, spring break) or, in special circumstances, immediately afterward (January intersession, June).  The travel of 7-9 days must be central to the pedagogical mission of the seminar.  These can be courses currently on the books or proposed new courses within a department.  Enrollments for such seminars cannot exceed 15.

Faculty from every division — natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and the arts — are encouraged to submit proposals.

PIIRS will provide substantial financial support to the travel component of an Exploration Seminar.  PIIRS and OIP staff will be available to advise departments on implementation.

Proposals should consist of:

  • Syllabus
  • Travel Component Rationale (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of Experience in Country and Proposed Local Partner (1 page)
  • Sample Itinerary
  • Draft Budget (in consultation with PIIRS)

Proposals are considered on a rolling basis.  A limited number of such courses can be funded.

Please direct questions to PIIRS director Stephen Kotkin.