Founded in 1876 as the first research university in the United States, Johns Hopkins University has an esteemed history of leading the nation in academic research. Our inaugural president, Daniel Coit Gilman, established as the university’s mission “to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.”

By virtue of this legacy, international studies students have access to interdisciplinary research opportunities in fields such as anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, and area studies. Students may collaborate with, or under the auspices of, renowned university faculty.

Research opportunities and information can be found on the websites for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity (URSCA), the Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research (HOUR), by viewing the International Studies Research Guide, or by contacting the International Studies Program director.

Publishing Opportunities

Foreign Affairs Review (FAR)

The Foreign Affairs Review is the International Studies Program’s student run academic journal. It serves as a forum for students to publish their work regarding international relations and foreign affairs.

Américas: The Johns Hopkins Journal of Latin American Studies

Américas was established in 2005 by students and faculty at Johns Hopkins University, under the endorsement of the then Program in Latin American Studies. Its mission is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for students, scholars, and policy-makers from all over the world to present and discuss articles pertaining to Latin America, its issues, and its diaspora.

Funding Opportunities

There are multiple grants available to international studies students for international travel and/or language learning. They include the Aronson International Experience Grant, Brown Family Travel Fund, and more. Specifics can be found on the Grants page.

Other JHU Grants


The ASPIRE Grant is designed to promote independent research projects among our exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA)

The PURA program offers Johns Hopkins University students unique opportunities to conduct undergraduate research.

Summer Travel Grants for Research in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies

LACLxS offers small grants to support summer research and travel in Latin America and the Caribbean. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and the competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of Johns Hopkins University.

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides funding to a select group of Arts and Sciences undergraduates, enabling them to pursue independent research of their own design.