Elliott School Dean's Scholars Program

The Elliott School Dean's Scholars Program is an exciting independent research opportunity for promising Elliott School undergraduates. 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 program promotes these goals by offering students support and guidance as they conduct independent research on contemporary international affairs topics. 


The Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is open to Elliott School sophomores with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.

Period of Study

Students apply to participate in the Elliott School Dean's Scholars Program in the spring of their sophomore year.


In the past, the program has included:

  • Three-credit graded Research Methods course in the fall of junior year
  • Three-credit graded Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course in the fall of senior year
  • Close work with a faculty advisor and the Program Director
  • Research funding to support field research
  • Peer support throughout the research and writing process
  • Presentation of research at an on- and off-campus academic conferences
  • Support in submitting research papers to peer reviewed academic journals
  • Support in applying for grants and fellowships
  • Support in applying to graduate programs and professional opportunities


Application materials are available on the Elliott School Dean's Scholars website


Application Process Timeline

  • Deadline for 2021-2021 Dean's Scholars program: March 2021 (date TBD)

Contact esiascholars@gwu.edu with questions.


Class Year

  • Sophomore


  • International Affairs


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • DC

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GWU Endorsement Required?