Dean's Scholars Program

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About the Program

Dean’s Scholars is a two-year program designed for advanced sophomore students interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of the field of international affairs. It allows selected students to research a topic they are interested in, to interact with a variety of actors involved in the field, and to strenghten valuable communication and research skills.

Through mentorship and personalized guidance, our Scholars are offered the support and tools they need to build valuable professional connections, to pursue their passion for research, and to have positive impact in their communities.

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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

We welcome applications from sophomore students with strong academic records. Previous experience conducting independent research is not required.

Upon admission to the program, scholars will meet with the Associate Director of the program, Dr. Alexander Cromwell, to map out their journey through the program.


Applicants must:

  • Be students at Elliott School of International Affairs,
  • Be a junior when they begin the program, 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Any Questions?

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Alexander Cromwell, Associate Director of the Dean’s Scholars Program, at [email protected].

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