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Graduate Research Grant

The Department of Political Science has a small amount of funds available to provide research support to graduate students. Individual grants to students typically range from $500-$1,000. Students who are undertaking research projects that would benefit from research funding are encouraged to apply.   


How grants are typically used: 

  • To support research, including:  
    • travel for field work  
    • hiring a professional to transcribe taped interviews  
    • purchasing quantitative data sets  
    • conducting a survey 
    • summer support to work on co-authored project with faculty

The funds are generally not used for items such as purchasing computer hardware or hosting external speakers. 


Application process:

A completed application consists of:  

  1. A 2–4-page research proposal explaining the research project, how the funds will contribute to the successful completion of the project, and the importance of the project to your research agenda
  2. An itemized budget  
  3. A statement listing external support (applied for, received, and planned applications) and PDS and Departmental support received to date
  4. The name of the faculty member supervising the project 


If you are interested in applying for these funds, please e-mail your completed application to Debbie Allen, Graduate Program Coordinator, prior to the deadline.  


Applications are accepted during three windows during the academic year:

  • starting October 1 and ending November 1 for the Fall term 
  • starting February 1 and ending March 1 for the Spring term 
  • starting May 1 and ending June 1 for the Summer term