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 2023-2024 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 analysts and officials at a variety of venues in Washington, D.C. at the end of the academic year policy retreat;
- 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.
Several 2022-2023 Fellows 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect you.
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 2023-2024 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.