Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations Now Accepting Applications for 2016-17 Student Fellows (Deadline: September 30)

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 student fellows. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply for the program, now in its tenth year. The theme for this year’s fellowship is “Religion and Empire.” Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications must be submitted to Angella Matheney via email or at 010 Bendheim Hall by Friday, September 30, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The the first PORDIR meeting for selected applicants will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 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.