At a Glance
The fellowship was established in 1984 in honor of Henry Richardson Labouisse ‘26 by his family including Anne Peretz, and his grandchildren. The objective of the prize is to enable a graduating senior (or an alumnus up to one year after graduation) to engage in a project (service, work, and/or study) that exemplifies the spirit of Labouisse’s life and work. Labouisse was a diplomat and an international public servant who, in word and deed, championed the causes of international justice and international development. During his long diplomatic career, Labouisse not only designed policies aimed at rebuilding war-torn and crisis-ridden societies around the globe but also played a leading role in implementing those policies on the ground, first in post–Second World War Europe and then in virtually every area of the planet.
The Labouisse Fellowship, in the amount of $30,000, is awarded annually to a graduating Princeton senior who wishes to work or study abroad. The donors hope that the fellowship will support independent projects of some practical nature, or ones carried on within some established institutional framework. The fellowship may also support study at foreign universities, although not ordinarily at the major universities in Europe, for which there are ample resources otherwise available. Candidates are strongly advised to develop their proposal in consultation with an institution (for example, a university, a central or local government department, or a nongovernmental organization) at the locality where they intend to implement their project.
- Princeton senior or alumnus (up to one year after graduation) of any nationality
Criteria for Selection
- A record of academic achievement, preferably reflecting a strong interest in problems of development
- Personal qualities of moral and intellectual leadership
- Career goals that include working to address the needs, or advance the interests, of marginalized and impoverished communities
Candidates must apply for the Henry Richardson Labouisse ‘26 Prize Fellowship through the Global Programs System (GPS).
A selected group of candidates will be interviewed by the Labouisse Fellowship Committee. Interviews are usually scheduled for mid-February, with decisions announced by mid-spring.
A description of the varied projects that prior Labouisse fellows have undertaken is available in the “Related Links” section of this page.