Woodrow Wilson

Department of Politics

Funding Opportunities

J.H. Adam Watson Memorial Award Fund

The Watson award recognizes the outstanding work of one student in international relations or comparative politics each year and comes with a $1,000 prize. Recipients present their research at a professional conference and in a special session of the Lansing Lee/Bankard seminar series.

Adam Watson was a professor of foreign affairs at UVA, a distinguished British diplomat, and one of the founders of the British School of international relations theory. The award is made possible by a generous donation from his daughter, Polly Black. 

Watson Award Recipients

2020 – Chen Wang


The Quandt Fund for International Research

The Quandt International Research Fund has been established by the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics of the University of Virginia in honor of William Quandt, a distinguished faculty member and well-known expert on Middle Eastern politics. The Fund assists students and faculty in the Department to pursue studies and research abroad by making travel grants to defray the cost of international travel. The awards are administered annually by a faculty committee.

Grants of up to $4000 are made to Politics students, undergraduate and graduate, planning international study in any region or country, including structured programs and individual research. Grants can also be made to Politics faculty for research abroad. Applicants should inform the committee of other funding applications, and grantees should inform the committee of overlapping awards.

  • Grants can be used from May to December of the year of award
  • Grantees are expected to submit a brief report on their field experience within two months of their return

Student applicants should submit a statement of purpose, an estimated budget including other planned or pending applications, and an unofficial transcript. One faculty letter of recommendation is required, not necessarily from a Politics faculty member. Faculty applicants should describe their research project. Grant funds are typically awarded annually, and there will be an announcement prior to the next application cycle laying out dates and processes.

Quandt Award Recipients