Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Graduate Opportunities

GPD Fellowship 

The Watson Institute’s Graduate Program in Development (GPD) is seeking applications for fellowships for 2016-17. The fellowship is for a period of one year, although students are expected to stay active in the program beyond their fellowship year. The fellowships are supported by the Watson Institute and the Dean of the Faculty.

Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) Research and Training Seed Grant Program

HI² Research and Training Seed Grants are designed to help fund innovation-driven approaches to increasing the effectiveness and accountability of disaster preparedness, humanitarian response, and post-emergency reconstruction. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and practitioners. 

Now Accepting Applications Through December 15, 2016.

India Initiative Student Fellowship

Graduate funding can be used for three purposes: research, internships, and language training.  Proposals for either exploratory or advanced dissertation research will be considered. The first will cover the early years of graduate program; the second will facilitate completion of the dissertation.  Internships will be with projects underway at partner institutions, some of these could include Janaagraha (Bangalore), Centre for Public Policy Research (Delhi), Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Center for Studies in Social Sciences, (Kolkata), National Council of Applied Economic Research (Delhi), Centre for Policy Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore).  Language training will be for accelerated programs of language instruction. (American Institute of Indian Studies (Delhi) can assist in locating a center for specific language training.)  
Other creative ideas are also welcome.  

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.

The 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.