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PIIRS Conference Fund

PIIRS Funding for Faculty Research

The PIIRS Conference Fund supports Princeton faculty research in international studies by providing funding for workshops and conferences that are organized by Princeton faculty and held on the Princeton campus. PIIRS especially welcomes proposals that cut across disciplinary or regional boundaries and that aim at producing a publication or paving the way for further collaborative work.  

The PIIRS Conference Fund provides up to $18,000 per proposal toward projected meeting costs for up to 6 conferences annually. All funded events take place under the supervision of PIIRS at Aaron Burr Hall (and, beginning in the spring 2017, at the Louis A. Simpson *60 International Building ) and, whenever possible, with the administrative support of PIIRS staff. There is no restriction on subject matter as long as the meeting engages some aspect of international and studies (defined for these purposes as the human dimensions of issues arising beyond the borders of the United States in global, comparative or societal perspective). The size of proposed workshops/conferences generally should be limited to 20–25 participants. Please note that PIIRS does not fund meetings simply because they involve participants from abroad. 

Proposals are solicited three times in each academic year and are reviewed by the PIIRS Executive Committee. Proposed conference dates must be coordinated with PIIRS prior to submitting a proposal; please contact Nikki Woolward, for details.

The deadlines for submissions are:

  • September 30 (with an expected decision date of November 1),
  • January 17 (decision by February 15), and
  • April 15 (decision by May 30)

Applications must be submitted electronically via an online form and include the following information:

  • proposed conference dates, approved by PIIRS
  • a one-paragraph summary of the core idea of the proposed meeting
  • a description of the proposed meeting (approximately 5–10 pages, double-spaced)   that details its purpose, the significance of the topic, and, if applicable, a planned publication (NB: Publications that ensue from PIIRS-sponsored meetings must acknowledge the support of PIIRS, and a copy of all such publications must be filed after publication with the PIIRS office.)
  • a preliminary agenda (subject to revision) that details daily activities
  • an annotated list of projected participants describing the special perspective or expertise each would bring to the meeting, and
  • a preliminary budget (including a list of other sources on or off campus that might be solicited to provide additional support, if necessary).

Further questions about applications to the PIIRS Conference Fund can be addressed to PIIRS Director Mark Beissinger, 320 Aaron Burr Hall, (609) 258-8261. Additionally, faculty interested in obtaining matching or supporting funds from PIIRS for conferences sponsored primarily by other units on campus (and, therefore, not eligible for the PIIRS Conference Fund) should contact the PIIRS director directly.

PIIRS Conference Fund
Proposal Form

Application Deadlines
September 30
January 17
April 15

Current conferences and workshops