Research Funding

The Global Studies BA Thesis requires original research, often conducted abroad. Here are some helpful links to funding opportunities for research purposes. Please see individual program/department pages for specific application deadlines.

One of the best places to start looking for research funding is the Funding Opportunities Guide published by Career Advancement. Many of the opportunities and descriptions below have been adapted from the Directory of International Programs, Global Engagement.


Human Rights Internship Program- Note that the deadline for this application process is early in the year (Autumn quarter). The $5000 grant is built into a year-long program, including summer work abroad.

Dean's Fund for Student Life- Amounts awarded are usually around $750-1500, paid out as a stipend. Be sure to apply early for BA Thesis research projects.

Square D Foundation Travel Grant- $3,000 award to support a College student conducting summer research in France. This award is provided by the France Chicago Center.

Summer International Travel Grants (SITG)- This includes four different grant programs: the African Studies Research Grant, the Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG), the Nassef Sawiris Research Grant, and the Third Year International Travel Grant.

College Summer Research Fund- Intended for those second and third-year students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in the liberal arts or sciences. Average award of $4000.

Grants for Unpaid Internships- Though not created with research specifically in mind, these funding opportunities are available for domestic and international internships. Many internships will fulfill the Research Activity requirement for the Global Studies major.