The Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph Field Research Award for Graduate Students supports MA and PhD students answering global, international, and transnational questions in the social sciences. The award can be used to carry out fieldwork in support of MA theses, qualifying papers, pilot projects, and/or portions of their dissertation research. Students engaging in original data-collection efforts and traveling to access archival materials are especially encouraged to apply. Other allowable expenses includes purchasing datasets, specialized software licenses, archival access subscriptions, books & primary documents, compensation for field research assistants, and translation or transcription services.


The application portal will open January 28, 2022 and will close on March 30, 2022



University of Chicago graduate students (MA or PhD) in the Division of the Social Sciences are eligible.



CISSR seeks to support graduate students' independent research on international, transnational, and global questions. Applicants can familiarize themselves with CISSR's mission and scope through our website and bi-weekly digest. A list of previous field-grant awardees and their projects can be found here.



CISSR will provide graduate students with up to $5,000 for fieldwork expenses.

The most recent University Travel Update states that all vaccinated travelers can travel for university sponsored programs. CISSR no longer requires a travel waiver or approval for research travel; however, in keeping with university guidelines, students traveling internationally with CISSR support must register here.



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  1. CV
  2. Project abstract, maximum of 250 words
  3. A 2-3-page project narrative (maximum 2000 words). Outline the research question(s), research design, importance of the trip to the project, likely field sites and data sources, and qualifications to undertake the trip (i.e. language competence, contacts in the field, etc.)
  4. An annotated budget with estimates of spending for each type of funding
  5. No letter of recommendation is required, but students must identify a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the work and can speak to the feasibility and promise of the proposed project.


Deadline to submit application: March 30, 2022.


For questions, please contact Alexis Puzon via email at


CISSR hosted an Information Session on the 2022-23 Dissertation Completion Grants and 2022-23 Rudolph Field Research Awards on February 11th 2022. Members of the CISSR board and Professors Jenny Trinitapoli, Steve Pincus, Paul Poast, and Paul Cheney, highlighted the importance of communicating the need for one’s research and emphasizing how it progresses CISSR’s mission of supporting global or transnational research across the social sciences. Watch on youtube here