Funding Opportunities

See the Watson Institute Undergraduate Student Opportunities page for additional resources.

Note about application deadlines:

Applications received off-cycle will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may take up to two weeks for review.

 

Funding Opportunities

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 deadlines: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds
 

The 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: Concentrators in International and Public Affairs (IAPA)
Application deadlines: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds
 

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
Application deadlines: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds

 

Watson Research and Travel Grant
Awards that support academic activities for 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. Questions about the application process should be directed to Anita_Nester@brown.edu.
Amount: Up to $2,000
Eligibility: Undergraduate student concentrating in IAPA in good academic standing, and returning to Brown the following semester.
Application deadlines: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds


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 deadlines: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds

 

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: Project-dependent
Eligibility: All Brown undergraduates
Application deadlines: Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply:  Learn more and apply online via UFunds


The 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
Application deadlines:
 
Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds
 

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
Application deadlines:
 
Spring term: Nov 30; Summer term: Mar 31; Fall term: August 31
To apply: Learn more and apply online via UFunds



Conferences

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.
To applyLog into UFunds and submit application
 

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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Brown Semester Internship Programs

The Brown Semester Internship Program combines a 12-week internship experience with academic coursework for the fall semester. Students have the opportunity to gain direct experience in a dynamic field, immerse themselves in a new culture and community, and collaborate with fellow Brown students in small cohorts.

In Fall 2023, Brown Semester Internship programs are offered in the following locations:

Students can also opt to arrange their own internship in a location of their choosing in the Brown Semester Internship Program, Open Campus option.

In-person and virtual information sessions will be offered throughout the start of the spring semester, and interested students can email Kelly Watts (kelly_watts@brown.edu) for additional information.