Research & Scholarship
IR Research Scholars Program
The IR Research Scholars Prize supports original, high-quality
undergraduate international research. The award consists of
financial support and faculty mentorship for intensive summer
research work. This competitive program is aimed at IR majors
(sophomore standing and above) who anticipate producing an
upper-level research paper in their senior year.
To be used towards an IR senior thesis, directed research,
conference submission or external essay competition, such as a
Fulbright Scholarship, the prize will support a minimum of eight
weeks of IR core faculty-mentored summer research for the gathering
of materials and data. Awards will be granted to both students and
faculty for IR core faculty-mentored international research and/or
collaborative international research. The program's objective is to
support the development of strong research skills critical to
professional or academic goals.
Grants to students will be available based on demonstrated need
outlined in the research prospectus and budget statement. Student
grants will cover expenses up to $3,500. Faculty grants are set at
To apply for the IR Research Scholars Program, students will need
the support of an IR core faculty member to serve as the Faculty
Mentor. Jointly, they will develop and submit the application
proposal that outlines the responsibilities and goals for both the
Research Scholar and Faculty Mentor. Once selected in the spring
semester, Research Scholars and Faculty Mentors will work together
to reﬁne intended objectives for the design and implementation of
the summer research work.
Read about past winners of the IR Research Scholars award.