Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
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For Students

The Watson Institute houses several undergraduate and graduate programs that take an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to policy-relevant learning in the social sciences. Our programs are designed to inspire today’s engaged scholars and creative thinkers to become tomorrow’s leaders in international and public affairs.


Watson Undergraduates

The Watson Institute houses six undergraduate degree-granting programs that provide students with the resources, knowledge, and skills necessary to be engaged, global citizens. 

Master of Public Affairs

MPA Students in Sweeden for their Global Policy Experience

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) is a rigorous, one-year program that prepares students to be public policy leaders, analysts and advocates in government, politics, and the nonprofit, and private sectors, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Graduate Program in Development

The Watson Institute's Graduate Program in Development (GPD) supports training and research for PhD candidates. The GPD seeks to promote social science research on processes of social, political and economic transformation in the developing world with a special focus on the problem of inequality. 

Student Resources

DNC Chair Tom Perez at the Watson Institute, speaking with students

In collaboration with Brown University's CareerLAB, the Watson Institute is committed to supporting students in their search for a fulfilling career. The Institute hosts regular career panels and workshops, networking opportunities, and access to visiting speakers and distinguished academics. 

Student Events

Brown Studies at Watson Institute

There's never a dull moment at the Watson Institute. To find out what student events are happening or to host your own, use the links below.

Student Art

Emily Kassie photography exhibit at Watson Institute

The Watson Institute is proud to show works by Brown students and student artists from the broader community. Art that is connected to the Institute, its mission, and/or its areas of research is preferred. If you would like your work to be considered for exhibition at the Institute, please follow the link to the submission form below.