Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

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.



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


MPA Students in Sweeden for their Global Policy Experience

The Watson Institute houses both the one-year Master of Public Affairs program and the Graduate Program in Development, which supports the training and research of Brown PhD candidates. These two programs reflect the Institute's commitment to small classes, interdisciplinary studies, global outreach, and professional and research experience. 


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. 


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 @ Watson

Emily Kassie photography exhibit at Watson Institute

Student Art at Watson is an initiative of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. The Institute is proud to show works by Brown students and student artists from the broader community. Work 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.