The Graduate Council's Research and Personal Development Fund offers awards to graduate students to attend virtual conferences as well as in-person conferences and academic events or to sponsor efforts and activities for personal development. 

There are numerous centers on campus that offer field research funding and other forms of support for advanced graduate students.  These include the Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR), the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Pearson Institute for the Study of Global Conflict, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, and other centers on campus. For example, our students routinely receive funds through CISSR via the Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph Field Research Awards.

Do you want to build professional experience but are not sure where to start? UChicagoGRAD supports students in identifying and applying for internship opportunities on campus and around the world. Each year, the Graduate Global Impact (GGI) internship program places students in meaningful, skill-building internships that make use of their graduate training. 

 The Bienen Summer Research Award supports the work of the department's graduate students with research interests in comparative politics and/or international relations. The department is particularly interested in helping students who are working on or developing their dissertations, but advanced students are also eligible to apply. The department will award several grants that can range from $500 to $2,000. Look for a call for applications each May.