Research Opportunities

GW's Elliott School of International Affairs has a three-part mission: educating the next generation of international leaders, conducting research on important global issues, and engaging the policy community in the United States and around the world. The promotion of undergraduate research is one of the key ways the school fulfills this mission. 

By engaging in original research, undergraduates can develop their research, analytical, and communication skills. Working closely with a member of the Elliott School's superb faculty, students can address critical international challenges, develop potential policy solutions, and participate at the cutting edge of key policy debates. Thanks to the skills and relationships developed through this experience, students are well-positioned for graduate study and exciting careers.

There are numerous ways that Elliott School undergraduates can engage in research beyond the confines of a traditional classroom course:

For more detailed information regarding the requirements of these research opportunities, please download the Undergraduate Research Options Guide P D F file icon.

Students may also pursue research opportunities outside of the Elliott School, either within the larger GW community or beyond. GW's Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research can help students explore their options and also help them plan for post-graduate research experiences, such as Fulbright and other grants and fellowships.  

Students pursuing any of these options may apply for funding to support their research via the Elliott School Undergraduate Research Award and other possible funding sources.

For support and guidance from other students engaged in undergraduate research, contact The Student Research Forum.