Graduate Funding Opportunities

Graduate Paper Discussant Fund

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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 the University of Virginia, 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

Quandt Fund for International Research

The Quandt International Research Fund was established by the Department of Politics to honor 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 $4,000 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.

More details about the award and about Professor Quandt are available here