CISSR's Graduate Field Research Grant supports MA and PhD students conducting short-term research abroad. The grant provides students with resources that 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 archives abroad are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants can familiarize themselves with CISSR's mission and scope through our website and by attending our events.


All 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. 

Funds will be disbursed at the beginning of Summer Quarter 2018. Grantees must submit a budget report with itemized expenses and all original recieipts along with a report of field research activities within 30 days of return from the field. 


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


Applications for 2018 Field Research Grants are due February 1, 2018. All applications require:

  1. An application form (below) with project title and contact information of a faculty sponsor (no letter of recommendation is required, but students must identify a faculty sponsor who is familiar with their work and can speak to the feasibility and promise of the proposed project)
  2. A CV
  3. A 2-3-page project proposal outlining the research question(s), research design, importance of the trip to the project, likely field sites and data sources, and student qualifications to undertake the trip (i.e. language competence, contacts in the field, etc.)
  4. An itemized budget with estimates for travel, living, and research expenses

Applicants are encouraged to learn more about CISSR and the Graduate Student Field Research Grants by contacting Teresa Rodriguez via email at or by phone at (773) 702-7721.