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PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowships open to class of 2015

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,

For more information see PIIRS undergraduate funding on the PIIRS website or contact Carole Frantzen,