Grants and Fellowships

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The Democracy Center Graduate Fellowship

The Democracy Center Graduate Fellowship supports research on democracy by University of Rochester Political Science PhD candidates. Fellows receive a $2,000 fund to support research expenses. They participate in all Democracy Center events and assist with Democracy Center programming and initiatives. To apply for a fellowship during the '22-'23 academic year, send a CV and statement of interest to Democracy Center Associate Director Stu Jordan no later than November 1, 2022 at

G. Bingham Powell and Lynda W. Powell Applied Research Grants

The Powell Applied Research Grants are available for all University of Rochester political science PhD students seeking to fund empirical research. The grants are designed to help enable students to conduct field experiments, survey research, field research, and/or data collection. Priority will be given to students seeking funding for their dissertation research. Grants of up to $6,000 per student can be used for research expenses. Proposals will be reviewed two times per year. Please submit applications by email to the director of graduate studies by November 1 and May 1.

To apply, please submit the following information:

  • A title and brief description the proposed research project and how the funding will be used to support it (roughly 500 words)
  • The name(s) of the graduate students applying for the funds
  • A detailed budget for the funds requested
  • The names of a couple of faculty familiar with the project