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Undergraduate Funding

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowships

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies coordinates a program to support and enhance 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 twelve 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). Students are also required to meet and discuss the ins-and-outs of rigorous fieldwork abroad with experts and peers.
Upon approval of the research proposal by the PIIRS director, a PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow will be eligible for a maximum of $5,000 in funding for travel and other expenses related to summer research abroad. The PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows are then obliged, in the spring of their senior year, to be available to offer insight and advice to the incoming junior cohort.  PIIRS is particularly keen to have students promote an intellectual community of students in international studies.

The application  deadline is December 13, 2013. 

To apply, students must submit an application that includes 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 the student’s work.  Please note, too, that the committee will not consider articles or other documents lodged in excess of this.  All materials should be sent via email to Carole Frantzen,  Carole Frantzen.
Michael Laffan, professor of history, is the fellowship advisor.
For more information contact  Carole Frantzen.

Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize Fellowship

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. Full information on the award and an application (.pdf) may be found on the website of the Office of International Programs.

The application deadline is January 2, 2014, by 4 p.m.

PIIRS Contact: Rebecca Aguas, 609-258-9400.

Past Prizewinners

2013 Shirley Gao, Raphael Frankfurter, and Courtney Crumpler
2012 Brittany Cesarini and Sandra Mukasa
2011 Alissa Escarce and Leá Steinacker (.pdf)
2010 Ruth Metzel  (.pdf)

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund

Through the Monty Raiser ’92 Fund, the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies supports the study of third- and fourth-year Russian abroad over a summer. The fund was established in 1993 in memory of R. Montgomery Raiser III, a Princeton student who had a strong interest in Russian affairs. PIIRS Contact: Kathleen Allen, 609-258-5978.

Fund Recipients

Benjamin Kalinsky '14, history
Morgan Nelson. '15, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Linnea Paseiro '14, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Fabiola Pina '15, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Jake Robertson '15, Slavic Languages and Literatures

  Molly Brean  '13, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Jacob Meister '13,  comparative literature
Harold Sacau '12
Noé Chapolard '12

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows

2013–14 Application Deadlines

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowships
December 13, 2013
Application (.docx) 

Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize
January 2, 2014
Application (.pdf)

Monty Raiser ’92 Fund
Contact Kathleen Allen


Class '15 UG Fellows
2014 Labouisse Prize
Information Session
November 8, 2013
303 Aaron Burr Hall
4:30 p.m.