Watson Senior Thesis Travel Grants
Eligible applicants for summer 2014 research travel grants (up to $2,000) are concentrators in International Relations (IR) and Development Studies (DS) who need to travel to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis. To apply, please send a one‐page summary of the purpose of your trip and how it relates to your senior thesis research to Anita_Nester@Brown.edu
On a separate page, your application should include a budget showing travel and other expenses. It should state precisely how long you will be traveling and other sources of support (including any you plan to apply for). The application deadline is April 22, 2014. We expect to award up to four travel grants, which will be funded by Watson administered through the IR and DS concentrations.
Watson Undergraduate Fellows Program
In our continuing efforts to better integrate students into the life of the Institute, we are continuing the Watson Undergraduate Fellows Program. In 2013‐2014 this group will be composed of the editors of the Brown Journal of World Affairs, recipients of the Jack Ringer and Maria Ruzicka summer fellowships, honors students in the International Relations Program, and the International Relations, Development Studies, Middle East Studies, and Latin American Studies DUGs (the student representatives from these concentrations housed at Watson). Watson Undergraduate Fellows are encouraged to participate actively in the life of the Institute, including through attendance at seminars and other events. Activities for Undergraduate Fellows will include Institute-sponsored lunches and other events with distinguished visitors.
The Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship, administered by the Watson Institute for International Studies, is made possible through the generosity of Jack Ringer '52, who served in Burma after graduating from Brown. The award provides Brown students with up to $3,500 to support summer travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research or work in an internship.
Interested students are responsible for developing their own projects or finding their own internship opportunities. Funding will be provided only for unpaid opportunities and will not cover fees to participate in study abroad, exchange or other similar programs (e.g., Amigos). Students who are awarded and accept the Ringer Fellowship may not accept other University summer funding. The number of students funded and the amount of funding per student will depend on the number of applicants and the nature of the internship or research.
The Marla Ruzicka International Fellowship is awarded annually by the Watson Institute for International Studies. The award provides $3,500 to support the summer plans of one Brown undergraduate who displays the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service in its most noble spirit, and whose summer plans reflect those traits.
Such characteristics were the defining traits of Marla Ruzicka's remarkable and all-too-brief life. A dedicated human rights activist, she arrived in Afghanistan shortly after the fall of the Taliban to record the effects of conflict on civilian communities. She lobbied diligently and effectively to seek compensation for those families whose homes had been destroyed in the Afghan conflict. From Afghanistan, Marla went to Iraq. She founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), which was dedicated to assisting civilian victims of the conflict in Iraq. Marla's compassion and dedication touched all who met her, and her tragic death in April 2005 was deeply felt by those who had benefited from her selfless work.
This fellowship has been made possible through the generosity of Lucinda B. Watson, daughter of the late Thomas J. Watson, Jr. '37 and member of the Watson Institute Board of Overseers.