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Graduate Student Travel Grants

The Bobst Center will reimburse qualified second- through sixth-year Comparative Politics graduate students working on themes related to peace and justice up to $350 of eligible travel-related expenses (transportation, accommodation), consistent with the university’s travel policy ( Bobst travel funding is available for students who have exhausted other funding options (Dean of the Graduate School and Politics Department travel funding).


Regularly enrolled Ph.D. Comparative Politics students at the time of the conference presentation who have been invited to deliver a paper or poster that represents their own work (job talks, discussant and panel respondent do not qualify).

Students are eligible to receive one Bobst travel grant per year (no more than three per career).


Submit and document an application to the Graduate School for conference funding in the current year (Dean’s Fund for Scholarly Travel). If conference travel funding is available from conference organizers, students must document an application for this funding.

Qualified students seeking Bobst travel reimbursement should upload their request to the Bobst Graduate Travel Grant funding opportunity  on the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) site, including an abstract of the paper being presented and documentation of appeals to the graduate school and department at least one week before traveling to the conference for which reimbursement will be requested. Any relevant receipts should also be uploaded.


Graduate Dissertation and Pre-Dissertation Research

The Bobst Center provides limited research support for Princeton University Politics Department Ph.D. candidates working in the areas of peace and justice. The size of these grants varies, but generally does not exceed $5,000. The executive committee expects that applicants will be able to show that they have solicited funds from other sources within the University, as well as from national or international sources, and that Bobst monies will top up other support in most cases. Small requests for exploratory research need not show evidence of effort to secure outside support, but larger requests should be accompanied by a list of applications pending. Center support is limited to two grants per student over the course of a student’s career. Spring 2018 deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018 by close of business day.


The executive committee asks applicants to send regular research proposals, optimally five pages in length. Please provide a short project summary that states the question the research tries to answer and its relationship to peace or justice, the significance of the question for policy or for the development of general insight into important aspects of peace and justice, the tentative answers under consideration, a sketch of the research design, the kinds of activities required to complete the project, the amount of money requested, and other applications pending. The Bobst Executive Committee also requires a letter of support from an adviser. This letter should explain how the proposal pertains to your research and to your progress in the program. The proposal and letter of reference should be uploaded to the Bobst Dissertation and Pre-dissertation Research Grant funding opportunity on the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) site. Our general guidelines may prove helpful.

Those who win Bobst support will be asked to provide a statement about how they used the resources. The Bobst Center reserves the right to rescind any award after six months in cases where the awardee has failed to accept the award or provide information needed for the dispersal of the grant money.

Examples of projects partly funded in past years include assistance for the acquisition and analysis of data on American public opinion about terrorism and foreign policy and research on the effects of political and civil rights movements. Other subjects that fall within the mission include studies of conflict and conflict resolution, religious and ethnic tolerance, and inequality. Dissertation research on international development falls into a gray area that is not clearly part of the center’s mission and the executive committee will consider applications cautiously. Dissertations on Congress, legislatures, chief executives and many aspects of political behavior lie outside the center’s mandated priorities. Grants to continue dissertation write-up beyond the University deadline are strongly discouraged.

Multi-Center Graduate Student Competitive Dissertation Award:

The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice in conjunction with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University announce a new graduate competitive dissertation grant to be awarded to the most promising graduate student dissertation research projects. These awards, ranging from $15,000-20,000, will be offered to up to one qualifying Princeton doctoral student in each of the following sub-fields: American politics, Comparative politics and International relations. Application deadline is Thursday, November 16 by close of business day. Proposal and submission guidelines will be found here. Note that students may simultaneously apply to both this grant program and the regular twice-per-year Bobst graduate dissertation and pre-dissertation research grants.