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 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

Aronson International Experience Grant

The International Studies Program administers the Aronson International Experience Grants. Students may apply for up to $4,500 in funding to cover travel costs associated with an independent research project.


The ASPIRE Grant (formerly the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award [DURA]) is designed to promote independent research projects among our exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Brown Family Travel Fund

The Brown Family Travel Fund is an endowment geared toward rising or current seniors in the International Studies Program. Funding for travel-related expenses is awarded based on submitted proposals for research projects that students wish to complete during their senior year or the preceding summer.

Constance A. Morella International Scholarship

The Franklin Center for Global Exchange, through the Constance A. Morella International Scholarship, has made $10,000 available to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in support of undergraduate international research. KSAS freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Seniors are not eligible for this award.

Kissinger Center Strategy Research and Internship Award

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Kissinger Center for Global Affairs’ Strategy Research and Internship Award offers grants for undergraduates who wish to enter the policy world by developing their knowledge of U.S. foreign policy by undertaking independent or guided research projects OR completing an unpaid internship in the realm of U.S. foreign policy or international affairs.

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA)

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

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.