The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Nov. 20, 2012

This schematic identifies the 15 languages featured in PIIRS' display of the University's informal motto, In the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations. (Illustration by Laurel Masten Cantor)The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) serves as a site for integration and joint activity across all of Princeton University’s international and regional studies programs.

Founded in 2003, PIIRS promotes interdisciplinary international scholarship and teaching and sponsors a variety of programs and activities aimed at advancing knowledge of world cultures and global issues.  Among the initiatives it supports for undergraduates are certificate programs in African studies, contemporary European politics and society, Russian and Eurasian studies, South Asian studies and translation and intercultural communication. Through its undergraduate fellows program, PIIRS provides funding for summer research abroad for the senior thesis.  It also coordinates the Global Seminars, which are summer study abroad courses open to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

PIIRS support for faculty research and teaching includes research communities and other initiatives in fields ranging from Arab political development to communicating about climate change. Funding supports conferences, workshops and visiting fellowships as well as public lectures and cultural events on a wide variety of topics of global importance. PIIRS also administers the Fung Global Fellows Program, which brings exceptional international early-career faculty members in the social sciences and the humanities to the Princeton campus for a year of research, writing and collaboration.

For graduate students at Princeton, PIIRS provides grants for summer fieldwork and learning in international and regional studies, advanced language training and dissertation completion.

PIIRS is also home of the renowned journal of comparative politics and international relations, World Politics.

 "All of PIIRS' activities are premised on the notion that in order to be the kind of educated citizens of the nation and of the world to which the Princeton motto aspires, we need to know about and experience the world in which we live," said Mark Beissinger, the director of PIIRS and a professor of politics.

To express its international identity, PIIRS has embraced artwork and more than a dozen languages to relay its key messages of engagement with the world. Read more about the artwork on display at PIIRS.