PIIRS regularly provides funding to support doctoral students interested in conducting pre-dissertation or dissertation research during the winter recess. Research must be conducted outside of the United States and may include preliminary archival reconnaissance, field-site investigations, interviews, securing official permission for research sites, and other activities that will ensure a successful dissertation. Due to the current restrictions on international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, for the academic year 2020-21 this funding will be available during both the winter recess and Spring semesters
The application for the 2020-2021 funding cycle can be found on SAFE. Funding awards are capped at $3000. All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2021. Please contact Julia Panter (email@example.com) with any questions.
Until further notice, PIIRS will only consider applications for online language learning programs and, in some cases, one-on-one online tutoring. We require evidence of the reliability of the programs/tutors. Each online language application should therefore include an approval letter from the relevant department that teaches that language on campus, in addition to one from a student’s adviser. In cases where the application is for a language not taught on campus, students are responsible for providing reliable testimonials about the online option.
All applications must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the start of the program.
Important Additional Information:
- At present all University-sponsored international travel continues to be suspended, and no international travel should be planned or scheduled. Accordingly, applications for research travel will be received but not processed until this suspension is lifted. No funding decisions will therefore be made until further notice.
- Research-related travel requests can be submitted at any point prior to March 1, but it is recommended that they should only be submitted at such point that there is a realistic prospect of traveling on the stated dates. Note in particular that possible requirements for quarantining may significantly affect itineraries.
- Those students who have already submitted applications for summer 2020 research funding do NOT need to resubmit these applications for travel within this cycle. Questions regarding accepted summer 2020 applications should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the University’s international travel policy changes, we will be in touch with all current applicants to advise them on the status of their applications.