Graduate Research and Travel Awards

The International Institute is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants. The awards are intended to partially offset dissertation research travel expenses incurred in the U.S. or abroad. Supported research should be about other societies rather than simply conducted in other societies. Applications will be accepted from any discipline as long as it deals with international or global issues, cross-national comparisons, or research on particular societies and also has a substantial human or societal dimension. Implications for public policy should be made explicit.

Awards are intended for research travel between June 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, and typically range between $1500 to $2,500. Funds may be used for travel, research assistance, and in some cases supplies such as cameras or recording devices.

Applications are due no later than 5pm Friday, March 6, 2020. Please send all application materials to

Information about the grants can be found at

Criteria for Selection:

  • A topic that will increase knowledge about an issue of important international concern.
  • An interdisciplinary, inter-divisional, and/or comparative subject. (Cross-regional projects are particularly encouraged; multi-country comparative projects also satisfy this criterion)
  • Intellectual originality and breadth.
  • Clarity / strength of research plan, design and methodology.

Students must submit the following information in one pdf (use Acrobat Pro to combine PDF documents)

  1. Travel Grant Cover Sheet
  2. One-page budget estimate.
  3. Project description (no more than 1000 words), including timetable or itinerary. The description should be written in a manner that is accessible across disciplines.
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV)

    In addition, candidates should arrange for a UC San Diego faculty member familiar with the student's work to submit a letter of recommendation separately to


Please address questions to:

Katia Todorova at  or

Sharon Rose at