Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations Now Accepting Applications for 2015-16 Student Fellows (Deadline: Monday, October 5)

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) is now accepting applications for 2015-2016 student fellows. The theme for this year’s fellowship is “Religion and Strategy.” Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications should be submitted to Angella Matheney in 010 Bendheim Hall by Monday, October 5, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The 2015-16 PORDIR workshops will focus on questions related to the interplay between religion and strategy in various spheres—political, military, economic, cultural, and individual—with significant bearing on the influence of religion and religious values on the conduct of international politics. Graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in these topics are invited to apply for the program and participate in this exciting program, now in its ninth year. The the first PORDIR meeting for selected applicants will be held on Wednesday, October 14 from 12:00-1:20 in 012 Bendheim Hall.  


Established in 2007, the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations is an academic-year long fellowship that offers both graduate and undergraduate students at Princeton University the opportunity to study, reflect, and generate ideas and publications concerning the multiple intersections of religion and international politics—exploring the influence of religion on power politics, conflict and crisis management, and the conduct of twenty-first century diplomacy. PORDIR seeks to facilitate discussions about religion and international politics in a neutral, non-ideological forum; encourage interdisciplinary, inter-generational, international and interreligious exchanges among students, scholars and policy practitioners; and promote research, teaching and publication relating to religion and international relations.

Fellows are chosen from a variety of academic backgrounds, and meet weekly—every Wednesday over lunch—throughout the academic year.  Over the course of the year, fellows are expected to pursue independent, academically rigorous research and to present their final article-length research at the annual PORDIR colloquium in June. Every two weeks, PORDIR invites distinguished scholars, diplomatic practitioners, and religious leaders to lead the discussion, offering their perspective on a topic relating to the interplay between religion and international politics.  Meetings that are not hosted by an outside speaker offer the students and faculty of the core group a chance to interact, discuss the messages of previous speakers, and share their own research. 

Past PORDIR fellows have come from a variety of departments and programs, bringing their specific academic backgrounds and interdisciplinary methodologies to bear on key issues related to religion and international politics. PORDIR fellows have used their research as a basis for academic publication, future thesis and dissertation work, and have utilized their research through the course of internships at such places as the UN, State Department, and a variety of international NGOs.