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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 2021-2022 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. 

Four 2020-2021 fellows, Lauren Boyes, Nitya Labh, Sania Shahid, and Selene Swanson, have agreed to serve as peer advisors for interested students.  If you would like to contact these former fellows, please email the PIPS program at 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 2021-2022 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 application guidelines to apply.