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About the Global Research Institute

Big ideas live here.

W&M’s Global Research Institute is a multidisciplinary hub that brings together faculty, staff, practitioners, and students to conduct applied research on pressing global issues. We generate insights on contemporary global questions while training the next generation of decision-makers and global citizens.

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Strategic Approach

In our approach, there is no single defining action or “light bulb” moment. Instead, we focus on building teams of diverse thinkers and investing in early-stage initiatives to support a pipeline of applied research. 

We cooperate to innovate---our research initiatives have autonomy in setting research agendas, research design, outputs and goals. But they share an interest in working on contemporary global issues, securing funding, supporting a diverse research enterprise, and teaching through the research process. In this model, the successes of any project or lab benefit all projects and labs through sharing knowledge and resources.


Advisory Board

The Advisory Board brings incredible experience across different sectors and disciplines, and their support enables more opportunities for students to participate in life-changing research with real-world impact.


  • We're Hiring: GRI Communications Specialist

    The Communications Specialist supports all aspects of GRI’s strategic communications, including audience outreach, content creation, corporate communications, publication support, audio and video production, and website content/management.
  • We're Hiring: AidData Program Manager (TUFF)

    Join AidData’s Tracking Underreporting Financial Flows (TUFF) team, where you will be responsible for leading and managing engagements with a variety of external funders and research partners, and you will support research proposals and projects on Chinese development finance activities.
  • Apply Now: Global Scholars Program U.S.-China Strategic Competition Cohort

    This Global Scholars Program cohort will explore the past, present, and possible futures of United States-China relations—including what the deepening competition between the world’s two biggest economies could mean for the future of international order.
  • We're Hiring: AidData Associate Program Manager (TUFF)

    This APM position will divide their time between student management, data quality assurance, and other specialized research, analysis, and policy outreach activities. The individual in this position will have the unique opportunity to contribute to novel data collection on Chinese official finance in high-income countries as well as loan repayment flows.


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at GRI

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at GRI

Consistent with W&M’s university values and our own diversity, equity, and inclusion plan, we consciously build and support teams that include people from a wide range of national, disciplinary, methodological, ideological, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

GRI's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Plan

Our DEI plan is a Director's Initiative, and we invite you to learn more about our efforts in this area by reading our plan.

GRI's DEI Committee

Our DEI plan is implemented by GRI's DEI Committee, which is made up of both staff and student representatives. Please email Rachel Sayers for more information.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

This key initiative tackles the dual challenge of improving diversity of both researchers and students who focus on global challenges. Researchers from underrepresented groups come to William & Mary for two or more years to mentor students. Learn more about the program here.

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Global Research Institute Earl Gregg Swem Library 400 Landrum Drive Williamsburg, VA 23186

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