IAA Global Research Forum: Call for Proposals

Position Details

Organization: International Affairs Association at Penn Location: Philadelphia
Type: Other Level: Undergraduate
Application Deadline: October 20, 2019

The IAA Global Research Forum (GRF) fosters creativity across multiple disciplines to address pressing problems in the international relations realm. The organization will award up to two $1,100 research grants to undergraduate students in any of Penn’s four undergraduate schools who propose exceptional research projects. The resulting yearlong program will culminate in an end-of-the year presentation and publication of the recipients’ research findings.

Application Requirements

All proposals should include the following elements:

  • Executive summary of the project or proposal essay - A one-two page overview (500-word limit) of the project, including:
    • Brief review of existing literature on the global/policy issue to be addressed by the project, including how this research will contribute to current knowledge
    • Research question and methods to be used
    • Implementation plan for research project, including a timetable and metrics by which the success of the project will be evaluated
  • Personal statement - In one to two pages (500-word limit), describe how this project fits with personal, academic, or career plans for the future, and how this project builds upon current experiences in one or more of these fields. This should include any relevant past research or course experience.
  • Detailed budget - outlined plan with justifications for allocations of grant funds
  • Proposed advisors - short list of faculty or outside advisors who may be able to provide assistance with research project
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation will be accepted, but are not mandatory

Proposals will be evaluated based upon clarity, detail, originality and applicability to real-world issues. In addition to independent research projects, proposals intended for a thesis or capstone project are welcome.

Recipients will submit monthly progress reports and partake in meetings with the GRF Director and Assistant Director in order to review progress, and to receive assistance from the program. Recipients will also meet once per semester with one another in order to engage in collaborative critique and troubleshooting workshops. On a case-by-case basis, grant recipients may also be partnered with a mentor at an external think tank. Recipients will be expected to produce a written report of their findings, and present to the IAA at the end of the spring semester.

Application Instructions

Please submit all proposals to grforum@penniaa.com

Grant recipients will be notified as soon as possible following the submission deadline.