Sept. 12, 2018

Note: Application Deadline: Friday, September 28, 2018 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 2018-2019 student fellows. Graduate students and undergraduate Juniors and Seniors are invited to apply for the program, now in its twelfth year. The theme for this year’s fellowship is “Religion and Negotiation.” Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications must be submitted to Johnathan Falcone via email by Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. The first PORDIR meeting for selected applicants will be held on Wednesday, October 10, from 12:00-1:20 p.m., location Bendheim Hall Room 19 (LISD Map Room).



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 religion’s influence on power politics, conflict and crisis management, and the conduct of twenty-first century diplomacy. This year’s fellowship seeks to facilitate discussions - in a neutral, non-ideological forum - about the role of religion in negotiations and mediation. Above all, PORDIR XII will 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. PORDIR invites distinguished scholars, diplomatic practitioners, and religious leaders to lead 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 students and faculty of the core group to interact and discuss the messages of previous speakers. Additionally, 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.

Past colloquiums were held at the following sites:

PORDIR IX: Lisbon, Portugal

PORDIR X: Prague, Czech Republic

PORDIR XI: Rome, Italy

Past PORDIR fellows have come from a variety of departments and programs, bringing their specific academic backgrounds, interdisciplinary methodologies, and professional experiences 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.