Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center


Research Funding

Small Research Grants

The undergraduate public policy concentration and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy co-fund research grants of up to $500 to support public policy concentrators working on senior theses and capstone projects. Grant recipients may receive only one research grant. Awards can be used to support travel, supplies, fees, data collection, and other research-related costs associated with writing senior theses or completing capstone projects, and meet the guidelines for University reimbursement. Awards are administered twice during the academic year.

Internship Funding

All public policy concentrators have the opportunity to apply for internship funding through the following programs:

Noah Krieger ’93 Internship

This award provides a $4,500 stipend for an outstanding public policy concentrator who is particularly interested in public service to pursue an eight-week unpaid summer internship. Applications for summer internships are due on March 31.

Happy and John Hazen White, Sr. Internship

Up to eight students receive $4,000 for an eight-week summer 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), however, you must have a position with an approved organization no later than mid-May to receive funding. Applications for summer internships are due on March 31.

Governor Frank Licht Internship

Each year one or two public policy concentrators are named Governor Frank Licht interns and work in the office of the governor of Rhode Island for an academic year. Licht interns may receive academic credit for the spring semester (when the time commitment will be greatest) and a stipend of $2,500 through an endowment by the family of the late Governor Frank Licht ’38.

Find information about how to apply for internship funding on this page of the public policy concentration website.