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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 presents 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 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 recipient(s) to undertake a research project, internship, volunteer activity, or plan of study in any field involving international issues. Designed to foster the spirit of the award, the prize encourages personal growth and independence, while increasing one's understanding of all peoples and encouraging a commitment to the world community.
Applications for the 2019 Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize are due on Friday, February 15, 2019.

IR Research Scholars Program Award
The IR Research Scholars Program (IRRSP) award supports original, high-quality undergraduate international research. The award will support a minimum of eight weeks of IR Core Faculty-mentored summer research. IRRSP's objective is to support the development of strong research skills critical to professional or academic goals.
Applications for the 2019 IR Research Scholars Program are due on Friday, February 15, 2019.

IR Internship Award
The International Relations Internship Award is a highly competitive award that is designed to help enable recipients to pursue an IR-related internship during the academic year. Internships may be U.S. based or international. Select students will receive an award up to $2,500.
Applications for the Spring 2019 Internship Award are due on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Other Funding Opportunities Available to IR majors

Laidlaw Scholarship Program
Launched in 2018, the Tufts Laidlaw Research and Leadership Program is open to undergraduate students, preferably those in their sophomore year, willing to commit to two consecutive summers of research with a Tufts faculty mentor. Research projects can be in any discipline. Projects may have an international dimension, and scholars may spend all or part of the second summer in an overseas university. Following each summer research period, scholars and their faculty mentors will participate in a research day in which their findings are shared with the broader community.

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 2019 are eligible. Projects completed any time in 2018 (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 opportunities internal to Tufts.