An emerging cross-divisonal intellectual community.

International Institute Announcements

International Institute's 2018 Spring Conference 


Call for International Institute’s 2018-2019 Graduate Research/Travel Fellowships


Call for Sawyer Seminar 2018-2019 Graduate Fellowships


Call for International Institute’s 2018-2019 Faculty Groups


We are delighted to announce the formation of the International Institute.

The International Institute will coordinate and support scholarship and teaching on international issues at UC San Diego. We hope to create a vibrant international and multidisciplinary intellectual community that produces and supports research and policy ideas from across disciplines. We are committed to fostering international knowledge that encompasses multiple levels, from local knowledge of languages and sub-national groups, to regional and state knowledge, to global knowledge of international systems, institutions, and organizations. To foster these collaborations, we will provide funding to cross-divisional faculty groups and collaboratories, and convene an annual conference dedicated to one of the university’s four research themes across regions of the world. We will also provide fellowships for faculty and graduate student research.

The institute is the result of a faculty-led initiative and will develop in collaboration with engaged faculty. We invite you to bring your expertise and research concerns into dialogue with us, by forming a faculty group based on either a regional or thematic focus. Please join us!


Nancy Postero
Director, International Institute



UCSD International Institute Undergraduate Senior Thesis Awards

We are delighted to announce the first and second place winners of our AY 2017-18 “International Institute Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Thesis” award:

First place:

Jason Wu, Department of History, Thesis title: “History as Propaganda: Korean Minorities and the National Question in Chinese Communist Historiography” ($200 award)

Second place:

Bertrand Wilden, Department of Political Science, Thesis title: “Independence Referendums: An Analysis of Central Government Decision-Making” ($100 award)

The competition was open to all disciplines on campus, and awards were made for outstanding undergraduate senior theses that met the following criteria:

  • Contributes to our knowledge about (a) an international or global issue, or (b) a country, region, society, or culture outside the United States
  • Asks an original and interesting research question
  • Makes a clear and persuasive argument, based on high quality research and evidence
  • Exhibits strong writing skills

Congratulations, Jason and Bertrand!