Brown University
International Relations

Funding for Research and Internships | Student Conferences | Fellowships | Additional Sources

Funding for Research and Internships


Field Work,
Internship,
Study Abroad 

Apply >>
open


Michael Bhatia Fund for Peace-keeping and Conflict Studies

Established in memory of Michael Vinay Bhatia '99, who died in May 2008 in Afghanistan, where he was working as a social scientist in consultation with the U.S. military, the Fund underwrites field work, study abroad, or thesis research by IR concentrators working on peace-keeping and conflict studies. It is awarded to a student who, like Michael Bhatia '99, hopes to deepen his/her understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict. 

Amount: Project-dependent
Eligibility: IR concentrator doing work for IR concentration credit
Application period:  Rolling
Requirements: Download the Post-award Final Report instructions
Contact: Anita Nester


Thesis Research

Apply >>


Watson Summer Thesis Travel Grants

Awarded to IR or DS students who need to travel to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis. 

Amount: Up to $2,000
Eligibility: Concentrators in International Relations (IR) or Development Studies (DS) who need to travel during the summer to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis in IR or DS. Grant recipients are expected to submit a completed thesis the following April.
Application period: Jan 1 - Apr 25
Requirements: Download the Post-award Final Report instructions
Contact: Anita Nester


Internship,
Public Service,
Research

Apply >>


The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship

The Marla Ruzicka International Fellowship supports the summer plans of one Brown undergraduate who displays the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service in its most noble spirit, and whose summer plans reflect those traits.

Amount: $3,500
Application period: Jan 1 - Mar 31
Requirements: Download the Post-award Final Report instructions
Contact: Anita Nester


Internship,
Research

Apply >>


Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship

The Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Jack Ringer '52, who served in Burma after graduating from Brown. The award supports summer travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research or work in an internship.

Amount: up to $4,000
Application period:
 Jan 1 - Mar 31
Requirements: Download the Post-award Final Report instructions
Contact: Anita Nester


Internship

PLCY website


Governor Frank Licht Internship

Each year one or two public policy concentrators are named Governor Frank Licht interns and work in the office of the governor of Rhode Island for a full year. Licht interns may receive academic credit for the spring semester (when the time commitment will be greatest) and a stipend of $2,500 through an endowment by the family of the late Governor Frank Licht ’38.

Eligibility: PLCY concentrators
Application period: Sep 1 - Oct 2
Contact: Melissa Nicholaus


Internship

PLCY website


Happy and John Hazen White, Sr. Internship

Summer stipends are awarded based on academic performance and on the proposed integration of the internship with future academic work. Preference will be given to students who have not already received a White award. You may apply for a White internship without having secured a definite position with an organization (you may list several options on the application), however, you must have a position with an approved organization no later than mid-May to receive funding.

Eligibility: PLCY concentrators
Application period: Jan 1 - Apr 15
Contact: Melissa Nicholaus


Thesis research,
Internship

Apply >>


India Initiative Undergraduate Research and Internships
The purpose of undergraduate summer funding is to facilitate research for a senior thesis or to provide internship experience with an academic or civil society organization.  Students are invited to propose work with any organization or indicate their interest in one of the Initiative’s partners. Students who already have made contact with an organization are required to attach a letter of interest from the organization. The Initiative will be happy to place those who do not have prior contacts with projects at our partner institutions in India; students interested in this option are encouraged to discuss their interests with an Initiative faculty member as early as possible. Details about Initiative partners, such as Janaagraha (Bangalore) and Centre for Policy Research (Delhi), PRADAN (various) can be found at: http://brown.edu/initiatives/india/fellows/partners

Eligibility: Jr, Soph with advanced standing
Application period: Jan 1 - Feb 22
Contact: Stephanie Abbott-Pandey


Thesis Research,
Capstone Research,
Other Research

MES online form
open


Middle East Studies Research Travel Award

Research Travel Awards up to $600 are available for undergraduates, and up to $800 for graduates. Travel is not limited to the Middle East, however, applicants must be conducting research in Middle East Studies. Priority will be given to students using the funds towards research for the senior Capstone or Honors Thesis.

Eligibility: Undergrad, Grad conducting research in MES
Application periods: Sep 1 - Nov 20, Jan 1 - Mar 18
Contact: Barbara Oberkoetter


Internship


Noah Krieger ’93 Internship
This award provides a $4,500 stipend for an oustanding public policy concentrator who is particularly interested in public service to pursue an eight-week unpaid summer internship.

Eligibility: PLCY concentrators
Application period: Jan 1 - Apr 15
Contact: Melissa Nicholaus


Thesis Research,
Travel,
Internship,
Language Learning,
Fellowship


South Asian Studies Student Fellowship

The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India (funding for India projects is available through the Brown-India Initiative.) The South Asian Studies Fellowships supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Projects may include research, an internship, a language learning program or a combination thereof.

Eligibility: Summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India
Application period: 
Contact: Stephanie Abbott-Pandey

Student Conferences


Conference
Fall

Apply >>


Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA)

The Student Conference on US Affairs is an annual four day conference hosted at The United States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civillian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the United States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynotes speakers, and develop policy recommendations during roundtable sessions.

Eligibility: IR concentrators or by faculty recommendation
Application period: Sep 15 - Oct 17
Contact: Anita Nester


Conference
Spring

Apply >>


Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC)

The Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference has become a way of bringing together the nation's future Navy and Marine Corps officers with their peers from other colleges and universities, both civilian and military, from across the country and around the world. Participants include prominent politicians, leading academics and public intellectuals, government officials, and foreign dignitaries—providing a unique forum for scholarly discourse.

Eligibility: IR concentrators or by faculty recommendation
Application period: Jan 15 - Feb 25
Contact: Anita Nester


Conference
Spring

Apply >>


United States Air Force Academy Assembly

Convened annually since 1959, the Academy Assembly is an undergraduate student conference held by the United States Air Force Academy, co-sponsored with Columbia University's American Assembly. Held on the Academy grounds at the base of the Rampart Range, this student- planned and executed conference provides a unique opportunity for qualified undergraduates to discuss a topic of contemporary significance. Student delegates are divided into small round tables and moderated by senior representatives from academia and government. Distinguished speakers provide expert perspective and information on the topic at hand. 

Eligibility: IR concentrators or by faculty recommendation
Application period: Dec15 - Jan 15
Contact: Anita Nester


Conference
Spring

Apply >>


Mellon Simulation Project
Students develop domestic and foreign policy options for the president in a simulated crisis. 

Eligibility: IR concentrator or by faculty recommend
Application period: Nov 1 - Dec 15
Contact: Anita Nester

Fellowships


Fellowship

Apply >>


CLACS Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Undergraduate Fellowship Program allows Brown undergraduate students with an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean, and academic excellence, to explore in-depth what it means to work in/on the region. This fellowship program is open to students from all concentrations. Fellows attend private talks with a range of public and private sector leaders. 

Eligibility: Open to all undergraduates
Application period: Jan 1 - Apr 4
Contact: Seth StulenKatherine Goldman


Fellowship

Apply >>


Middle East Studies Undergraduate Fellowship Awards

MES Undergraduate Fellows are expected to play an active role in MES life and assist with outreach efforts to current undergraduates and alumni.

Eligibility: Rising Seniors writing a thesis for MES concentration credit
Application period: Jan 1 - Apr 15
Contact: Barbara Oberkoetter

Additional Sources of Information

Brown Connect
Part of President Paxson’s plan to increase student access to internships and research positions, BrownConnect allows students to search for real-world opportunities while still on campus. By bringing the Brown community together to support students, BrownConnect enables undergraduates to follow their own paths beyond the classroom.

Dean's Discretionary Grants
The Dean of the College has a small budget to fund undergraduate research projects that fall outside the boundaries of other research award programs. Students will normally have exhausted all other University grant sources before seeking support from the Dean. Special requests of all sorts are considered, but projects that incorporate an international or global component are especially encouraged.

Fellowships@Brown
Fellowships at Brown represent university-sponsored programs including nationally competitive fellowships that fund faculty-student research collaborations, unpaid internships, independent research and travel, and post-baccalaureate work or study both in the United States and abroad. Here you will find information about the range of opportunities at Brown as well as selected external awards of potential interest to Brown students.

Office of Global Engagement Grant Opportunities
Priority will be given to requests that demonstrate an effort to advance the inclusion of the international community on campus and beyond, and/or that contribute to academic research and scholarship.

UFUNDS
UFunds coordinates applications for funding from offices at Brown. You will find opportunities here for members of the Brown community, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.

Undergraduate Research
Brown sponsors a number of fellowship and grant programs that support undergraduate research during the summer or the academic year. Many of the awards are specifically designed to facilitate faculty-student research collaborations, including Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards and Royce Fellowships.