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Research & Scholarship

Funding Opportunities

The IR Program supports students inside and outside the classroom through research opportunities, scholarships, and funding to attend IR-relevant programs, events and conferences. Participation in such activities is an invaluable opportunity for students to become developed scholars and vital contributors to international understanding and a global society.

IR Program Funding Opportunities

Conference Funding
The IR Program will on occasion solicit applications from students studying IR to attend discipline-relevant conferences. Please consult the IR Weekly regularly for announcements of such opportunities.

IR majors in good academic standing are also eligible to apply for small grants to help defray the costs of attending and participating in IR-related national and international meetings. Applications for grants up to $250 will be considered (on a rolling basis). To apply, please submit a the Conference Funding Application no later than 4 weeks before the meeting.

Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize
The Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize is an incentive award that enables the recipients to undertake a volunteer activity, internship, research project, or plan of study in any field involving international issues. Honoring Anne Borghesani (J'89), the award seeks to foster personal growth, independence, a heightened understanding of all peoples and encourage a commitment to the world community. The 2018 Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize Application will be live in December, 2017.

IR Research Scholars Program
This scholarship pairs rising seniors with faculty mentors who guide a summer research project abroad in preparation for a Senior Honors Thesis, Directed Research Project, senior seminar paper, Fulbright proposal or other significant research paper in the senior year. The 2018 IR Research Scholars Application will be live in December, 2017.

Other Funding Opportunities Available to IR majors

Summer Scholars Program
The Summer Scholars program funds rising juniors and seniors to pursue ten-week independent research projects. As part of the program, you will work closely with a faculty mentor to create a poster to present at a poster session in the fall. Summer Scholars then present the next stage of your research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. Often, the summer project will culminate in your senior honors thesis.

Career Center Summer Internship Grants
Each summer we fund 40-50 undergraduate students doing unpaid internships for a minimum of 350 hours. These funds offer students the opportunity to explore career fields and gain experience. Selected students will receive $3,500. Students must secure an internship prior to the deadlines.

Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) International Program
The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) International program supports undergraduate, graduate and professional students working on creative, self-designed projects with an active citizenship theme. TSF provides financial support to help students bring their international initiatives to life. We recommend that TSF projects be led by a group of two or more Tufts undergraduate, graduate or professional school students, although individuals with very strong proposals are welcome to apply. Applications will be accepted from official and unofficial Tufts groups or organizations.

Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award
Tisch Library has developed an award recognizing outstanding undergraduate use of the library's collections, resources and services in the production of an exemplary research project. Who can apply? All undergraduate students who are registered through the end of spring 2017 are eligible. Projects completed any time in 2016 (spring, summer or fall semesters) are eligible. Group projects are eligible. Prizes will be split equally among group members.

Office of the Vice Provost for Research
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is a great resource for Tufts Students to gain insight into several sources of research funding, including: federal, state, corporations, foundations, and internally at Tufts.