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Funding for Research and Internships

Governor Frank Licht Internship

During the spring semester, two public policy concentrators will be named the Governor Frank Licht '38 interns and will work with Rhode Island legislature. 

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility: PLCY Concentrators

Deadline: Spring term: November 30

Contact: Samantha Griffin

Happy and John Hazen White, Sr. Internship

Stipends are awarded based on academic performance and on the proposed integration of the internship with future academic work. Preference will be given to students who have not already received a White award. You may apply for a White internship without having secured a definite position with an organization (you may list several options on the application). 

Amount: $4,000

Eligibility: All Watson Concentrators

Deadline: Summer term: March 31

Contact: Samantha Griffin

Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship

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

Eligibility: All Brown Undergraduates

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

John P Birkelund Fund For Diplomacy

The fund will support student internships related to foreign policy and diplomacy, research projects, symposia, and lectures on topics related to diplomacy. 

Amount: Up to $2,000

Eligibility: All Brown Undergraduates

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

KoChon Fund

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: Up to $4,000

Eligibility: All Brown Undergraduates

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

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: IAPA Concentrators

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship

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

Eligibility: All Brown Undergraduates

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

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. 

Amount: Up to $2,000

Eligibility: IR and IAPA Concentrators

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

Noah Krieger ’93 Internship

This award provides a $4,000 stipend for an outstanding public policy concentrator who is particularly interested in public service to pursue an eight-week unpaid summer internship.

Eligibility: All Watson Concentrators

Deadline: Summer term: March 31

Contact: Samantha Griffin

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: IAPA Concentrators

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

Watson Research and Travel Grant

Awards that support academic activities for IR students—for example, senior thesis research, research related to independent work, conference participation, internships, and special projects. Students must complete an online application, including resume, transcript, and personal statement, secure an internship that is unpaid or pays $1,000 or less (includes salary, housing, and transportation) if the application is for an internship, and complete post-award requirements.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Eligibility: All Watson Concentrators

Deadline: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: July 31

Contact: Anita Nester

 

Student Conferences

Air Force Academy Assembly Conference

Eligibility: IR Concentrator or by Faculty Recommendation

Application period: Dec 15-Jan 15

Contact: Anita Nester

Mellon Simulation Project

Eligibility: IR Concentrator or by Faculty Recommendation

Application period: Nov 1-Dec 15

Contact: Anita Nester

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC)

Eligibility: IR Concentrator or by Faculty Recommendation

Application period: Jan 15-Feb 25

Contact: Anita Nester

Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA)

Eligibility: IR Concentrator or by Faculty Recommendation

Application period: Sep 15-Oct 17

Contact: Anita Nester 

 

Fellowships

Middle East Studies Undergraduate Fellowship Awards

Eligibility: Rising Seniors writing a Thesis for MES Concentration Credit

Application period: Jan 1-Apr 15

Contact: Barbara Oberkoetter

 

Additional Sources of Information


Brown Connect

Part of President Paxson’s plan to increase student access to internships and research positions, BrownConnect allows students to search for real-world opportunities while still on campus. By bringing the Brown community together to support students, BrownConnect enables undergraduates to follow their own paths beyond the classroom.

Brown in Washington
The Brown in Washington Program offers students a semester in Washington, D.C. during their junior or senior year, interning with public and nonprofit sector agencies and completing coursework that complements their internship placements. The program is the product of a partnership between the Swearer Center and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Co-sponsorship Request

The Watson Institute welcomes applications from undergraduates for the Institute's hosting, promotion, or funding of on-campus student activities.

Dean's Discretionary Grants

The Dean of the College has a small budget to fund undergraduate research projects that fall outside the boundaries of other research award programs. Students will normally have exhausted all other University grant sources before seeking support from the Dean. Special requests of all sorts are considered, but projects that incorporate an international or global component are especially encouraged.

Fellowships@Brown

Fellowships at Brown represent university-sponsored programs including nationally competitive fellowships that fund faculty-student research collaborations, unpaid internships, independent research and travel, and post-baccalaureate work or study both in the United States and abroad. Here you will find information about the range of opportunities at Brown as well as selected external awards of potential interest to Brown students.

Office of Global Engagement Grant Opportunities

Priority will be given to requests that demonstrate an effort to advance the inclusion of the international community on campus and beyond, and/or that contribute to academic research and scholarship.

UFUNDS

UFunds coordinates applications for funding from offices at Brown. You will find opportunities here for members of the Brown community, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.

Undergraduate Research

Brown sponsors a number of fellowship and grant programs that support undergraduate research during the summer or the academic year. Many of the awards are specifically designed to facilitate faculty-student research collaborations, including Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards and Royce Fellowships.