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PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies administers a program aimed at facilitating 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 10 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). These students are also required to attend on campus presentations on the challenges of engaging in international research.

Upon approval of the research proposal by the PIIRS director, a PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow will be eligible for $3,000–$6,000 in funding to meet the entirety of their travel and other expenses related to summer research abroad. The PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows are obligated, in the spring of their senior year, to give a short presentation on their field-work experiences to the incoming junior cohort.

The application deadline is December 11, 2015.

To apply, students must submit 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 do not send additional writing samples.
For more information, contact Rachel Golden.

Fellowship Adviser

Michael Laffan  is a professor in the Department of History. He studies the history of Southeast Asia, with a current focus on Islam, nationalism, Dutch colonialism, and orientalism. Laffan’s most recent book, The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past (2011), looks at the results of an engagement between Islamic reformers with intellectual links to Cairo and influential colonial scholars. His work in progress is an exploration of Indian Ocean mobilities and religious exchange in the 18th century. Ph.D. University of Sydney.

Class of 2017

Harrison Blackman

Dylan Blau Edelstein

Maria Garavito

Minji Kim

Preston Lim

Do-Hyeong Myeong
Yossi Quint

Achille Tenkiang

Daniel Teehan

Class of 2016

Kujegi Camara , Anthropology, “Understanding Soninke Identity and History through Migration Narratives”; summer research in Gambia and Senegal

Azza Cohen , History, “Ministry of Mapmaking: The Processes, Legacies and Memories of the Partition of British India” summer research in England
William L. Hamel , Art and Architecture, “Athenian Phoenix: Self-Creation in the Ashes of Eleonas”; summer research in Greece
Tucker Jones , Woodrow Wilson School, “Turkish Foreign Policy toward Serbia”; summer research in Serbia and Turkey
Katherine Maffey, Near Eastern Studies, “Helmets and Hijabs: Gender Roles in the Jordanian Military”; summer research in Jordan
Michelle Nedashkovskaya, Politics, “The EU on the Ukraine Crisis:Germany’s Response and Its Ukrainian Reception”; summer research in Belgium and Germany
Veronica Nicholson, Art and Archeology, “The Resurrection of Ghost Cities: Re-Imagination and Preservation of Traditional Japanese Architecture”; summer research in Japan
Mitchell Shellman, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, “Autoimmunity and the Hygiene Hypothesis: A Study in Disease Co-incidence”; summer research in Vietnam
Jamie Shenk, History, “‘Ningún país entrega a sus hijos:’” Constructing Citizenship in Colombia, 1982–1990”; summer research in Colombia


Undergraduate Fellows Archive


Application Deadlines

PIIRS Undergraduate funding

The application deadline is December 11, 2015


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Application Deadline: January 4, 2016