Dean's Scholars Program

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About the Program

Designed to be a two-year program, the Dean’s Scholars program is for selected sophomore students interested in taking what they learn in class and expand their knowledge and understanding of the field of international affairs by researching a topic and interacting with people directly impacted by it.

This program offers a unique approach to research and mentorship. Guided through the program, our Scholars are offered the support and tools to pursue their passions and make the proper connections.

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"The Dean's Scholars program is Elliott's premier undergraduate research experience. Outstanding students will learn and apply state-of-the-art research methods and complete a piece of original research; this experience, together with the mentorship they receive along the way, will position them to be highly competitive in selective fellowship and graduate school applications."

Dr. Tobias Greiff

Assistant Dean, Academic Programs

Program Benefits

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Small group research class that allows collaborative and in-depth learning.

Graphic: Customized curriculum

Customized curriculum that guides each student through the data collection and writing processes.

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Financial support to be used for research travel, materials, and expenses.

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Participating in the LEAP initiative.

Graphic: Academic conferences

Presentation of research at academic conferences.

Graphic: Professional networking

Chance to meet practitioners, researchers, and professionals through an exclusive Dean’s Scholars event series.


How to Apply

Successful applicants will be sophomore students with strong academic records. Previous experience performing independent research is not required.

Upon being accepted to the program, the scholars will meet with the director of the program to plan for their journey through the program.


Applicants must be:

  • Students at the Elliott School of International Affairs,
  • Junior when they start the program,
  • With a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Any Questions?

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Claudine Kuradusenge-McLeod, Director of the Dean’s Scholars Program, at [email protected].

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