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Resources for Current Graduate Students

Information about the Program

Graduate Program Requirements 

Orientation to the Program


Plan of Study Form

Request to Schedule Qualifying Exam (prospectus defense) – must be filed two weeks ahead of time 

Qualifying Exam Results Form        

Request to Appoint PhD Committee Form

Request to Schedule Dissertation Defense Form – must be filed two weeks ahead of time

Dissertation Defense Results Form

Intent to Graduate Form – must be filed about four months ahead of time

Travel Grants

Graduate School Travel Grant

Graduate Student Council Travel Grant 

Departmental Travel Grant 

APSA Travel Grant 

SPSA Travel Grant

Funding Opportunities

Tips for applying for grants

Departmental Summer Training Awards

RIPS Small Grants for Experimental Research

College of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Awards (deadline in March), provides up to $2000 for graduate student projects

College of Arts & Sciences Social Sciences Dissertation Fellowships (deadline in February), provides one-year of service-free support plus a research budget to complete the dissertation

Graduate School Dissertation Enhancement Grant (deadline in February), provides up to $2000 for dissertation research

Robert Penn Warren Graduate Student Fellowship

Center for Latin American Studies

External Fellowships

For pre-candidates:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

For PhD Candidates:

Center for International Security and Cooperation

Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

SSRC has several fellowships including the SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship and the SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Boren Fellowship

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Harvard Academy

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

External Dissertation Research Grants

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

American Council of Learned Societies

Fulbright Program

American Association of University Women

Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences

Charlotte W. Newcomb Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Additional Training Opportunities

PUC (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile) exchange program

Free University of Berlin Exchange program 

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. ICPSR organizes a variety of summer training opportunities in methodology ranging from 3-5 day workshops to 2-4 week courses.

EITM: Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. There are two complementary training programs for this two-week training opportunity. One is held at Washington University. The other has been held at a variety of institutions, including the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and UCLA, to name a few.

SIPP: Summer Institute for Political Psychology at Stanford.  This three-week training opportunity provides students interested in political psychology with opportunities to attend lectures by prominent figures in the field.

University of Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis

FLAS: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships 

DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service

Additional Resources on Campus

The Writing Studio

Center for Teaching

Psychological and Counseling Center





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