Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs

Student Opportunities


The University has temporarily, but formally, suspended all Brown-related undergraduate international travel and programming for Summer 2020.

This doesn't mean that students' pursuits of research and internship opportunities need to come to a halt!

Students applying for funding are permitted to propose an alternative project that is domestic and/or remote. Please note that a detailed budget outlining all projected expenses is still required.


Richard C. Barker '57 LHD'09 hon., P'03, P'05 Award for International and Public Affairs
Financial support for undergraduate students concentrating in International and Public Affairs for senior thesis research, research related to independent work, conference participation, internships, and/or travel.
Amount: Up to $2,000
Eligibility: Concentrators in International and Public Affairs (IAPA)
Application deadline: Rolling
To apply: Send statement of interest to Anita_Nester@brown.edu

Language Study Grants

Financial support for off-campus language learning, with priority given to immersive language programs, and with special consideration given to the study of languages not formally offered at Brown.
Amount: Up to $10,000
Eligibility: Concentrators in International and Public Affairs (IAPA)
Application deadline: November 15 for spring-term study
                                      March 31 for summer and fall-term study
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds

KoChon Fund

public service, travel, research, conferences, internships, special projects

A permanent endowment administered by the Watson Institute, the KoChon fund is utilized for a wide variety of research and academic activities related to Korea. For undergraduates, the Institute accepts applications to advance student research interests on Korean topics, offering one to two awards per year, which include the option of pursuing field research in Korea.
Amount: Project-dependent
Eligibility: All Brown undergraduates
Application deadline: Rolling
To apply:  Learn more and apply online via UFunds

The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship

public service, internship, research

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: Up to $4,000
Application deadline: March 31
To apply: 
Learn more and apply online via UFunds

Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship

research, internship

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 deadline:
 March 31
To apply: 
Learn more and apply online via UFunds


Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA)

fall semester

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.
To applyLog into UFunds and submit application

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC)

spring semester

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.
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United States Air Force Academy Assembly

spring semester

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. 
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Mellon Foundation Crisis Simulation

spring semester

The Mellon Foundation Project on Civilian-Military Educational Cooperation bridges the worlds of liberal arts and military education to the benefit of both. A five year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Project on Civilian-Military Educational Cooperation facilitates joint projects between educational institutions preparing the next generation of leaders in both sectors. The aim is that members of each group should better understand the other, reducing the “civilian-military gap” that could be a problem for U.S. democracy and society.
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