Research & Scholarship
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
The IR Program will on occasion solicit applications from students studying
IR to attend discipline-relevant conferences. Please consult the
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
IR Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
The IR Undergraduate Research Fellows Program is designed to foster excellence in scholarly
research and creative inquiry by sponsoring semester-long research assistant positions for
undergraduates working with Tufts IR Core Faculty members. The program supports IR Core Faculty
to hire and manage undergraduate IR students as they assist in the faculty member's own research.
Faculty apply at the beginning of Fall or Spring semester for a grant to support researchers
throughout the rest of the term.
This is a faculty-driven application process. Only IR Core Faculty members may apply for a grant,
but students are encouraged to share this opportunity with their faculty mentors
if they are interested in participating in the program.
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.
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.
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 IR Internship Award will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please contact the IR Program for more information.
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. All undergraduate
students who are registered through the end of the respective academic year
may apply. Projects completed any time
during the application's AY (spring, summer or fall semesters) are eligible,
including group projects.
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
to gain insight into several sources of research funding, including: federal, state,
corporations, foundations, and opportunities internal to Tufts.