Applications are reviewed on a regular basis. You will receive an email message as soon as possible with your account information to access the closed portions of the IRN. If your application is not accepted, you will receive an email with an explanation. Because all applications are reviewed by a real human, YOU SHOULD ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 2 WORKING DAYS BETWEEN SUBMITTING THIS REQUEST AND RECEIVING ACCOUNT INFORMATION.
Goals and Purpose: The purpose of the International Research Network (IRN) is to integrate undergraduate international research and study abroad opportunities for Tufts students, enabling students to conduct research on international topics while abroad and to product high-quality capstone research projects in the senior year.
To achieve this goal, the IRN's four main objectives are to:
Prepare students for conducting research in another country by providing research methods training, cultural understanding, and faculty and peer guidance;
Integrate the innovative approaches of distance education and online communities of practice with traditional seminar/class teaching practices and faculty mentoring;
Build a community of international researchers consisting of faculty, students, and staff that fosters mentoring, the exchange of resources, the construction of knowledge, and online interaction in space that transcends geographic locations; and
Help students engage in the abroad community and gain a deeper cultural understanding of it to enhance the quality of their research.
The desired outcomes of the IRN project are to:
Enhance the quality of undergraduate research at Tufts (e.g. senior theses, Fulbright and other national and international scholarship awards, and capstone research projects);
Enable students to use their time abroad more productively for research and to become more engaged in the community and culture through immersive research opportunities; and
Develop a virtual space through active participation that provides the opportunity for students and faculty to exchange resources and participate in intellectual, constructive dialogue regardless of their geographic location - anytime, anywhere.
By receiving an Internal Faculty Grant from Academic Technology and a Curriculum and Research Development Grant from UCCPS, and with support from university administration, faculty, staff, and students, the International Relations Program has been able to implement a conceptual idea into a reality. To learn more about the International Research and Learning Community for International Research and the International Relations at Tufts University contact the International Relations Program Office.
Read the winning grant proposals (Word Documents. Links open in new window):