Welcome to the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).
PIIRS promotes scholarship and teaching on issues of global importance and sponsors a variety of programs and activities aimed at advancing knowledge of world cultures and global problems. It supports a variety of programs for both undergraduates and graduates, as well as research and funding for faculty. Throughout the year, PIIRS co-sponsors conferences, seminars, short-term visits of distinguished international scholars and curriculum development grants to assist in the preparation of new courses.
PIIRS is also the sponsoring institution for World Politics, one of the premier journals in political science.
Regional Studies Programs
PIIRS supports regional studies programs that allow undergraduates to earn certificates in a specific area of study, similar to minors in another universities. They include African studies; South Asian studies; European politics and society; and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies. PIIRS is also home to the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication for which you can also earn a certificate. All five certificate programs offer courses, research opportunities and periodic lectures open to the entire Princeton community.
Six-week courses taught by Princeton faculty in a variety of overseas locations each summer, these courses offer undergraduates the opportunity to study abroad with Princeton faculty. Students gain first-hand experience of the societies that they are studying in the classroom, while also learning the basics of local languages, engaging in community service and immersing themselves in the history and culture of the societies in which they live.
Students in their junior year who are interested in conducting summer research abroad for their senior thesis can apply to be Undergraduate Fellows receiving mentoring and funding from PIIRS.
Faculty and Graduate Students
PIIRS provides extensive research resources to faculty and graduate students in the form of funding for conferences, dissertation research and language study abroad. PIIRS' Research Communities seek to promote sustained interdisciplinary and cross-regional dialogue among faculty and students in international and regional studies.
Fung Global Fellows Program
In 2013, PIIRS inaugurated the Fung Global Fellows Program, which brings six exceptional, international, early-career faculty working in the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing and collaboration around a common theme.
One of the premier journals in political science in the world, World Politics publishes peer-reviewed research that addresses salient theoretical and empirical questions on topics in international relations, comparative politics and various related subfields.