Student Research Grants

General Instructions

International Security Studies at Yale (ISS) provides three types of awards to Yale students. 

  1. The Research & Travel Award in International History & Security is limited to students in the Graduate School, and designed to promote advanced, top-flight research in the field of security studies. 
  2. The Winks Travel Fellowship is designed for undergraduates in Yale College—most often history majors in their junior year—who are beginning work on their senior thesis. 
  3. The Research & Travel Award in Grand Strategy is limited to students in the ‘Studies in Grand Strategy’ seminar, and designed to help them offset the costs of either a research experience or unpaid internship.

 

Research & Travel Awards in International History & Security

Supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, these awards provide support to graduate students for summer and yearlong archival research in the field of security studies, especially international, diplomatic, political, and military history.  They can also be used for summer language study.

Eligibility: Graduate students undertaking initial archival research or enrolling in a summer language course, and advanced graduate students in the relevant fields undertaking an extended period of dissertation research, are eligible to apply for support. 

Award recipients may be requested, as a condition of support, to either contribute to ISS’s occasional paper series or present their work at the Colloquium in International History & Security.  Priority is typically given to applicants who have demonstrated a scholarly and programmatic involvement in ISS's activities.  Past recipients are eligible to apply for further support.  The number and value of grants awarded will depend upon the size of the applicant pool. Grants will normally not exceed $5,000 for summer support and $10,000 for research during the academic year.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to other Yale centers and departments, and externally, for support.  Graduate students should begin by consulting the Student Grants Database, the McDougal Center, and their adviser.  ISS will not make awards to applicants who fail to apply for other Yale sources of funding for which they are eligible. It will give preference to applicants who apply for external sources of funding.

Deadline:  All materials must be submitted by the deadline of of March 25th.  Announcement of awards from the fund will normally be made within five weeks of this deadline.

Application Procedure: All students must apply through the Student Grants Database. You will find an application form and instructions there. Please note: you are not required to submit hard copies of your materials. If you have questions, please e-mail ISS's Associate Director, Dr. Amanda Behm.

 

The Travel Fellowships in Honor of Professor Robin W. Winks

Established in 2002 to honor the legacy of Professor Robin W. Winks, this travel fund supports undergraduate history majors who are researching senior essays in the field of international studies. 

Eligibility: Undergraduates working in primary source materials or conducting interviews during the summer or the academic year are eligible to apply.

The number and value of grants awarded will depend upon the size of the applicant pool. Awards will range from a minimum of $500 to a normal maximum of $2,500.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to other Yale centers and departments, and externally, for support.  Students should begin by consulting the Student Grants Database, the Office of International Education and Fellowship Programs, their DUS, their College Dean, and their senior essay adviser.

Deadline: All materials must be submitted by the deadline of March 25th. Announcement of awards from the fund will normally be made within five weeks of this deadline.

Application Procedure: All students must apply through the Student Grants Database. You will find an application form and instructions there. Please note: you are not required to submit hard copies of your materials. If you have questions, please e-mail ISS's Associate Director, Dr. Amanda Behm.

 

Research & Travel Awards in Grand Strategy  

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy provides support for research projects or internships related to the historical study or contemporary practice of grand strategies.  The award is designed for students who have been, or are currently, enrolled in a course designated as part of ISS's Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, especially the 'Studies in Grand Strategy' seminar. 

Eligibility: All students who are enrolled in or have completed a course designated as part of ISS’s Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy are eligible to apply. Compensated internships are not eligible for support.  If you have not taken a grand strategy course, you are not normally eligible for support. 

ISS will give priority to applicants who have demonstrated a scholarly and programmatic involvement in ISS’s activities.  The number and value of grants awarded will depend upon the size of the applicant pool.  Grants will rarely exceed $4,000.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to other Yale centers and departments, and externally, for support. Undergraduate students should consult the Student Grants database, the Office of Fellowship Programs, their DUS, and their College Dean. Graduate students should begin by consulting the Student Grants Database, the McDougal Center, and their adviser. 

ISS will not make awards to applicants who fail to apply for other Yale sources of funding for which they are eligible. It will give preference to applicants who apply for external sources of funding. 

Deadline: All materials must be received by the deadline of March 25th.  If you are enrolled in the ‘Studies in Grand Strategy’ seminar and do not yet have summer plans, please contact Dr. Jeremy Friedman at least a week prior to the deadline.  Announcement of awards from the fund will normally be made within five weeks of this deadline.

Application Procedure: All students must apply through the Student Grants Database. You will find an application form and instructions there.  Please note: you are not required to submit hard copies of your materials.  If you have questions, please e-mail ISS's Associate Director, Dr. Amanda Behm.

 

Additional Information

In addition to their specific application forms, applicants should be aware of the following further requirements:

In order to receive their award, successful applicants must:

  1. Sign and submit to Mr. Biryukov an “Assumption of Risk” form;
  2. Submit to Mr. Biryukov a photocopy of their MEDEX Identification Card
  3. Follow the procedures set out here for travel to a restricted country.

If you have questions, please e-mail ISS’s Associate Director, Dr. Amanda Behm.