Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars

About the Program

The Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is an exciting independent research opportunity for outstanding Elliott School juniors and seniors. Research experience adds challenge and depth to undergraduate education and opens doors for students to share their findings through publication and conference participation and to conduct further research through grants, fellowships, and graduate study. This year-long program promotes these goals by offering students support and guidance as they conduct independent research on contemporary international affairs topics.

Highlights of the program include:

  • One-credit graded Research Methods course in the fall to learn about research design and methods, identify resources and opportunities at GW, to share research updates with peers, and to prepare to write a preliminary draft of the research paper.
  • Three-credit graded Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course in the spring, focusing on research design and analysis of data as well as peer review of preliminary drafts of the research papers and completion of the final draft.
  • Close work with a faculty advisor and the research instructor.
  • Research stipend of $500 to be used for research materials and experiences and to cover lunch/coffee with the faculty advisor; possibility of applying for additional funding for special opportunities.
  • Peer support throughout the research and writing process.
  • Presentation of research at an on-campus academic conference at the end of the spring semester.
  • Research synopsis presented in The Globe and support from the research instructor in submitting research papers to peer reviewed academic journals.
  • Support from the research instructor in applying for grants and fellowships.
  • Support from the research instructor in preparing for or applying to graduate programs.

Application Information

2017-2018 Application


The 2017-2018 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is open to Elliott School undergraduates with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 who will graduate in the following terms: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.

Application Materials

Application Resources

Application Process Timeline

Tuesday, March 28, 6 to 7:30pm – Information Session* (1957 E Street, Room 505)
The first half of this session will be an overview of the various undergraduate research options at the Elliott School, and the second half will focus on the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars. We will also cover some research proposal tips and advice.

Wednesday, April 19Applications Due by 6:00 pm. Applications should be submitted electronically to asheline@gwu.edu.

Thursday, May 18 – Applicants will be notified by 5:00 pm on this date as to whether they have been selected.

Selected applicants who confirm their intention to participate will be registered for Fall 2017 course (IAFF 3192) by the Office of Research. Applicants should plan their schedules accordingly.

* The Information Session is not mandatory, but try to attend if possible. Students who cannot attend, including those studying abroad, will not be penalized. No new materials will be distributed at these sessions; everything that will be handed out at these sessions is available on the Undergraduate Scholars website.

Please refer to Application FAQs or contact Annelle Sheline at asheline@gwu.edu with questions.

Working titles of the 2016-2017 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars

  • The Impact of Political Textbooks on Japanese National Identity
  • Student Activism and Textbook Battles in Taiwan
  • Comparative Risk Assessment of Foreign Fighters and Homegrown Terrorism in the Syrian Civil War
  • Development Leadership in Haiti: Efficacy of International and Domestic Actors in the Post-Quake Period
  • A Discourse on China's Soft Power: Strength and Limits
  • Syrian Refugee Education in Jordan: Setting and Access
  • Can the "Gig Economy" Provide Decent Jobs -- A Cross-Country Comparative Perspective
  • Analysis of the Change in "Push" Factors of Emigration from Guatemala and Obligations Under International Law
  • The Role of Conflict in Altering Perception: Rwandese Genocide Survivors' Perceptions of Burundians
  • Interpreting and Remembering History: Case of South Korean and Taiwanese History Textbooks
  • Instrumentalization of Women's Rights in Egypt's Arab Spring
  • Social and Economic Development in Latin America: The Role of Indigenous Crops
  • The Gendered Tactics of Boko Haram: Origins and Evolution Since 2002
  • Cycles of Terrorism: The Impact of Western Response to Terror Attacks on Daesh
  • Explaining BJP Candidate Recruitment in the 2014 Indian National and Maharashtra Elections
  • U.S.-China Bilateral Investment: National Security Concerns vs. Economic Investment Benefits