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

2018-2019 Application


The 2018-2019 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 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020.

Application Materials

Application Resources

Application Process Timeline

Application Process Timeline

Tuesday, November 29, 5 to 6pm - Information Session* (1957 E Street, Room 505)
This session will be an overview of the various undergraduate research options at the Elliott School, including the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars. We will also cover some research proposal tips and advice.

Friday, March 2 - Applications due by 6pm for the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Scholars program. Applications should be submitted electronically to asheline@gwu.edu.

Friday, March 23 - 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 2018 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 note that the Information Session originally scheduled for Feb. 6, 2018 has been cancelled. Please direct any questions about the applications process to Annelle Sheline at asheline@gwu.edu.

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

Working titles of the 2017-2018 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars

  • Credit Culture in Cameroon: A Barrier to Financial Inclusion and Credit Use
  • The Effect of Third-party Intervention on Turkish-Kurdish Relations
  • Nationalism, Authoritarianism and their Philosophical Foundations
  • Examining the Chinese Government's Response to Internal Migration to Beijing
  • NGO-Led Development, Sustainability, and Climate Change in African Desert Climates
  • Man-made Radical: The Intersection of Masculinity and Radicalization
  • Determinants of Islamic financial expansion in non-Islamic Monetary Jurisdictions
  • Analyzing the Impact of Twitter Suspensions on IS Sympathizers
  • Transnational Identity and Business in Cross-Strait Relations
  • NGOs and Sustainable Livelihoods in Two Indonesian Ecotourism Destinations
  • Understanding Outbound Student Mobility in the Context of Lebanese Sectarianism
  • Andean Forests, Indigenous People, and Environmental Change in Rural Peru
  • Analyzing the Political Ramifications of the Economic Incentives for Israeli Settlements