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PIPS Research Fellowships

PIPS is looking for juniors and seniors who are interested in conducting policy-relevant work in the area of international security. Successful applications for PIPS fellowships have outstanding writing skills, excellent analytical ability, the capacity to conduct independent research, superb time management, self-motivation, and responsibility. The application guidelines can be viewed here.

Students who receive a PIPS fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year will:

  • Write a policy white paper and executive summary on a topic related to international peace and security. PIPS students have written white papers on wide variety of topics, such as: biofuels, climate change, counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, crypto-currencies, foreign aid, international development, public diplomacy, military affairs, sovereign wealth funds, and U.S. grand strategy. To learn more about previous paper topics, see White Papers section of the website;
  • Interact with members of the policy community visiting William and Mary or through travel to Washington, D.C;
  • Supervise a freshman or sophomore research intern during spring semester;
  • Present their work to policy officials at a year-end symposium in Washington, D.C. and other venues;
  • Have the opportunity to earn academic credit during the spring semester for their PIPS project; and 
  • Receive support in preparing and submitting PIPS projects for publication or presentation at academic conferences.

Students who receive a PIPS fellowship are required to:

  • Attend weekly PIPS meetings every Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Pass a series of progress evaluations before being permitted to present his or her work in Washington, D.C.
Working with PIPS

The estimated work load for PIPS Fellows is:
Fall Semester: 5-10 hours per week
Spring Semester: 10-15 hours per week

For more insights into the program, visit the Student Endorsements page of this website.  We also encourage you to contact former fellows. 

Two 2019-2020 fellows Caroline Duckworth & Megan Hogan have agreed to serve as peer advisors for interested students.  If you would like to contact these former fellows, please email the PIPS program  pips@wm.edu and we will connect you.                                                                                                                       

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a PIPS fellowship, students must:

  • Have a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA
  • Have completed one of the following courses: GOVT 204: Introduction to International Politics; HIST 192: Global History Since 1500; or SOCL 205: Global Social Problems
  • Be a rising junior or senior
  • Be a full time William & Mary undergraduate student during the 2020-2021 academic year  

  • Students cannot participate in the program if they will be away for study abroad during the fall or spring semesters.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Have also completed GOVT 329: International Security or GOVT 328: International Political Economy
  • Can demonstrate a strong prior interest in international relations (e.g., by having taken courses on international relations, foreign policy, completed classes on regions of strategic interest to the United States, and/or completed internships in fields related to the study and practice of IR, etc.)
  • Can demonstrate strong knowledge of current events in international relations.

Please review the applications guidelines to apply.