Watson Institute for Internation and Public Affairs
Brown International Advanced Research Institutes

The Program

The Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) convene early-career participants from around the world to address pressing global issues through collaboration across academic, professional, and geographic boundaries. Applications are invited from early-career scholars and practitioners, especially those based at institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, to participate in intensive, residential two-week institutes at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

The four institutes are convened by Brown University professors, and feature lectures, seminars, and workshops led by distinguished international guest faculty. This highly selective, residential program gives participants a unique opportunity to interact with their global peers and benefit from Brown University’s world-class campus and facilities. Thanks to generous support from Santander Universities, BIARI covers the full cost of tuition, meals, and university housing for the duration of the program, and air travel in cases of need.


Based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, BIARI offers rigorous, innovative, interdisciplinary programs that further Watson’s mission: to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.

Global Exchange

BIARI provides a unique opportunity for rising scholars from diverse backgrounds to meet, connect, and identify areas of potential collaboration.

Sustainable Network Building

Each year’s BIARI participants join a dynamic alumni community of over 1,150 members from over 120 countries. Alumni teams can apply for seed funding for longer-term research, teaching, and outreach collaborations that are outgrowths of BIARI initiatives.