About

About BIARI
In the first five years of operation (2009-2013), 722 early-career scholars and practitioners from 92 countries have taken part in institutes convened by scholars in the humanities, the medical school, and the social and physical sciences.

Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) initiative convenes participants from around the world to address pressing global issues through collaboration across academic, professional, and geographic boundaries. Applications are invited from early-career scholars and practitioners, especially those based at institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, to participate in intensive, residential two-week institutes at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.The four institutes are convened by Brown University professors, and feature lectures, seminars, and workshops led by distinguished international guest faculty. This highly selective, residential program gives participants a unique opportunity to interact with their global peers and benefit from Brown University’s world-class campus and facilities.

Based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, BIARI offers rigorous, innovative, interdisciplinary programs that further Watson’s mission: to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.

BIARI provides a unique opportunity for rising scholars from diverse backgrounds to meet, connect, and identify areas of potential collaboration.

Each year’s BIARI participants join a dynamic alumni community that already has over 700 members from 92 countries. Alumni teams can apply for seed funding for longer-term research, teaching, and outreach collaborations that are outgrowths of BIARI initiatives.

We especially welcome applicants who are early in their professional careers. Practitioners normally have four to ten years’ experience in their professional field. Participants from an academic background are usually within seven years of having finished their PhD or professional terminal degree. The working language is English. Thanks to generous support from Santander Universities, BIARI covers the full cost of tuition, meals, and university housing for the duration of the program, and air travel in cases of need. 

Early-career faculty from institutions that are members of the Santander Universities network are especially encouraged to apply.

Keith Brown

Director, BIARI

E: keith_brown@brown.edu

Keith Brown holds a BA in classics from the University of Oxford and an MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He taught at Bowdoin College and the University of Wales before joining the Watson Institute in 1999 as an assistant research professor. He has also been a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a visiting fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, and has delivered lecture series at the University of Oxford and at the Institute for National History in Skopje, Macedonia, where he was a Fulbright fellow in 2012-13. He has served as director of BIARI since 2010.

Laura Sadovnikoff

Assistant Program Director

E: laura_sadovnikoff@brown.edu

Laura Sadovnikoff is Assistant Program Director of BIARI. Laura holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Brown University. After studying at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow, she spent several years in the field of US/Soviet Cultural Exchange, and led over 20 trips to the former Soviet Union. Before coming to Brown, Laura was the Dean of Students at the Putney School in Vermont, and lived and worked in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Laura has held several administrative positions at the Watson Institute, including Program Manager of the Humanitarianism and War Project, Program Manager of the Global Environment Program, and Manager of the Watson International Scholars of the Environment Program.

Hayden Reiss

Program Coordinator

E: hayden_reiss@brown.edu

Hayden Reiss is instrumental in organizing the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) each summer, among other responsibilities. Prior to joining the Institute, she was with Brown's Office of International Affairs, the Warren Alpert Medical School, and the Office of Continuing Education.