Watson Institute at Brown University
International Relations

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. 

Funding for: study abroad, field work, internship

Amount: Project-dependent

Eligibility: IR concentrator doing work for IR concentration credit

Application period:  Rolling

To apply: UFunds

Contact: Anita Nester


Application Requirements

  • Completed UFUNDS application
  • 750-word proposal describing the purpose of the trip and how it relates to a particular project or senior thesis research
  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • One faculty recommendation from a Brown faculty member
  • Students are invited to submit other supplemental materials in support of their application

Post-award Requirements

  • 1-2 page reflective essay summarizing the experience. DUE two weeks from your return to Brown.
  • 1-3 photographs that highlight the experience.