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 provides funding and administrative support for a number of Princeton’s regional-studies related certificate programs and acts as a site for integration and joint activity across all of Princeton’s international and area programs. PIIRS research initiatives seek to promote sustained interdisciplinary and cross-regional dialogue among faculty and students in international studies. Its visiting fellowships bring faculty from domestic and foreign institutions whose cutting edge work contributes to the dynamic international studies community on campus.
PIIRS also provides funding and organizational support for faculty-led research communities, conferences, and workshops. Its innovative Global Seminar program makes it possible for Princeton faculty and undergraduates to engage in learning directly in the cultures and societies that they are studying. The PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows initiative aids and facilitates summer international research for the senior thesis. PIIRS is also one of the primary sources of funding on campus for graduate student research abroad. In addition, its Graduate Fellows program provides support for graduate students working in international studies as they complete their dissertations.
PIIRS also publishes the journal World Politics, a widely respected quarterly devoted to theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of international relations and comparative politics. And, through its organization of lectures and events and its support for international curriculum on the Princeton campus, including its annual Cyril Black International Book Forum and Director’s Book Forum series, PIIRS presents Princeton students with opportunities to develop a critical understanding of the complex cultural, historical, political, and economic conditions that operate within and across societies. Navigate this website to learn more about the institute and its programs, initiatives, and events.