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The Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph Field Research Award for Graduate Students 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.


Only 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 by attending our events.

Funds will be disbursed at the beginning of Summer Quarter 2020. Grantees must submit a budget report with itemized expenses and all original receipts 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.


The application process will open January 6, 2020 and close February 21, 2020.

All applications require:

  1. A completed application form which can be found here. Please note: You will need to submit contact information for a faculty sponsor as part of the application process. No letter of recommendation is required, but students must identify a member of the faculty who is familiar with the work and can speak to the feasibility and promise of the proposed project
  2. A CV
  3. Project abstract, maximum of 250 words
  4. 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.)
  5. An annotated budget with estimates for travel, living, and research expenses.

Applicants are encouraged to learn more about CISSR and the Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph Field Research Awards for Graduate Students by contacting Alexis Puzon via email at or by phone at (773) 702-7721.