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Undergraduate Research Travel Grants, Funding, and Prize Competitions

SIS Galapagos Summer Program students disembark from an airliner.

SIS Undergraduate Research Travel Grants to partially defray the costs of registration and travel are available to SIS students who are presenting work at a conference. Grants are $250 and are allocated on a first come-first served basis. Students are eligible for only one grant each academic year. If applying for summer travel, the student must be registered for undergraduate classes at AU in the subsequent fall semester. Funds are disbursed upon the submission of original receipts after the travel is completed.

To apply for an SIS Undergraduate Research Travel Grant, complete the online application form. For questions and additional information, please email Dr. Aaron Boesenecker.

Students seeking support for research travel are also eligible to apply for the Undergraduate Research Travel Grant administered by the Office of the Provost in addition to the SIS Undergraduate Research Travel Grant Program.


With generous funding from SPA Dean Barbara Romzek, as part of her Excellence with Impact initiative, we are pleased to announce the second year of the Peace and Violence Research Lab (PVRL). The purpose of the lab is to support undergraduate and graduate research on topics related to peace and political violence. We are seeking applications (see attached) from motivated undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in doing scholarly research on political violence under the mentorship of a faculty researcher. Faculty members of the lab include:

  • Co-director: Professor Joseph Young (SPA/SIS)
  • Co-director: Professor Thomas Zeitzoff (SPA)
  • Senior Researcher: Professor Boaz Atzili (SIS)
  • Senior Researcher: Professor Tricia Bacon (SPA)
  • Senior Researcher: Professor Deen Freelon (SOC)
  • Senior Researcher: Professor Benjamin Jensen (SIS)
  • Senior Researcher: Adrienne LeBas (SPA)

As a fellow in the lab, you will be matched with a faculty mentor whose interest matches your own. You will have the chance to develop your own research project, present the research at conferences, and collaborate closely with faculty members. There will be research workshops and meetings throughout the year to gain research skills and feedback on your project. Each graduate fellow will receive $3,000, and undergraduates, $2,000 to pursue their research project. There are four slots for undergraduates and four for graduate students. Please email your completed applications to Final decisions will be made before October 1st, so please apply ASAP to receive full consideration. If you have any questions about the PVRL or the application process, please email

Apply for the PVRL Fellowship

Temple University's Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy is delighted once again to solicit submissions for its annual Edwin H. Sherman Family Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship in Force and Diplomacy. The recipient of the Sherman Prize will receive a $1,000 award along with a certificate.

Any paper written by an undergraduate student in the previous calendar year submitted by either the student or a faculty member at the student's college or university is eligible. The paper must address an issue, contemporary or historical, that demonstrates the intersection of force and diplomacy in international affairs. Although electronic submissions are preferred, hard-copy submissions will be accepted. Papers must be submitted by the deadline, which falls in March each year.

Please address electronic submissions and all questions to: Brian McNamara at

Mail hard copy submissions to:

The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy
Gladfelter 917
Temple University
1115 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089

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The Center for International Relations announces its Writing Competition where winners are eligible for publication in the upcoming issue of International Affairs Forum, a biannual publication on international affairs and economics (published by Routlege/Taylor and Francis Group). Submissions are open to topics related to international affairs and economics issues. Pieces should be between 2500 and 4000 words, excluding footnotes. Deadlines are typically in October and April of each year. Writing competition submissions will judged by IA-Forum Editorial staff. Winners and finalists will be considered for publication within IA-Forum's biannual publication, International Affairs Forum (Taylor and Francis). Please send your submission or questions to

Eligible Student Award Recipient: Awards are limited to currently enrolled students (at the time of submission). Persons who are employees of, or related to, persons employed by the Center for International Relations Inc. or serving on its Board of Directors, are not eligible for these awards. The Center of International Relations Corp. will make awards in a fair and unbiased fashion, regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity.

Proof of Eligibility: Finalists will be asked to validate enrollment. This can be a high-quality image of a scan of the original letter of enrollment. We reserve the right to request the hard copy. Note: CIR reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to present or not present an award for any issue based on whether a paper of outstanding quality is deemed to have been submitted. CIR may discontinue the award at any time. By submitting a paper persons understand and agree that they will not make any legal claim based on CIR's offering of this award.

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The Forum Undergraduate Research Award is an honor that showcases the most rigorous and significant undergraduate research that occurs as part of education abroad programs. Every year, award recipients are invited (all expenses paid) to present their research at a plenary luncheon at the annual Forum conference. Over the years, the student presentations have become a much-anticipated event of the annual conference. Independent research represents one of the highest achievements of undergraduate student learning. Completing serious, high-quality research requires critical thinking, analysis, and creativity. Award projects encompass a wide variety of academic fields, demonstrating that international learning informs many academic and professional fields. Moreover, the quality of the nominated research is a testimony to students' understanding of other cultures and societies.

For the award, "research" is understood in its broadest possible sense as encompassing the full range of excellence in the academic products of an education abroad experience. The presentation of these competitive undergraduate research projects underscores, for faculty, international education administrators and other professionals, some of the important ways that education abroad impacts student learning. In this way, the very best outcomes of student learning abroad are widely visible to the profession of education abroad as well as to our constituents. The annual deadline for nominations for the Award is typically at the end of June of that year. The Forum encourages its members to plan their nominations to work with their organization's calendars.

Global Ethics Network occasionally offers essay and photo contests. View current contest and deadline information.

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The Prize in Ethics Essay Contest challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought- provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Registered undergraduate, full-time Juniors and Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the fall semester. Students must apply and submit essays online, and receive online verification from their Faculty Sponsor. Any professor may act as a Faculty Sponsor and endorse the quality and authenticity of the student’s essay. Also, students must upload a letter from the Registrar or National Student Clearinghouse verifying enrollment. Winning students are eligible for an internship, and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.

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