Summer Research Funding

Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) is pleased to announce a competition for summer research grants of up to $5000 to students currently enrolled in the Designated Emphasis.  Applications for the next round of funding will be due February 28, 2021. Applications for pre-dissertation research are especially encouraged, but all projects will be considered, subject to available funding.  To apply, please fill out the following Google Form. Faculty recommendations on behalf of students should be submitted on a separate Google Form.

Last year's recipients of funding include:

  • Gustavo Capela (Anthropology), Informal organizing: An ethnographic inquiry into the construction of Eko Atlantic City in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Irene Farah Rivadeneyra (City & Regional Planning), The Impacts of the Food Environment in Mexico
  • Pol Fité Matamoros (Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning), Landscapes of Industrialization: The “Long 1970s” under the Spanish Authoritarian Regime
  • Catherine Park (Education), (Re)making the global: Education in global(izing) cities of China
  • Tawit Boom Sangveraphunsiri (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Strategies for informal, low-cost, flexible feeder service without high-tech assistance
  • Ettore Santi (Architecture), Designing the Land Revolution: The Corporate Reinvention of China’s Rural Environment
  • Liubing Xie (City & Regional Planning), Beyond Homeownership: Renting in the Urban Peripheries in China and India


Conference Funding

GMS also supports the costs of attending conferences for students enrolled in the DE. Applications should be submitted as the need arises, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students will be awarded no more than three grants per academic career. Each student who is applying should already have made use of a conference grant from graduate division. We therefore recommend that students concentrate their use of the GMS DE conference grants during the post-candidacy stage, when it is vital to present one’s dissertation research at academic conferences.  

To apply, (1) fill out the Travel Grant Application and email it with (2) the accepted title and abstract and (3) the email confirming acceptance of your paper to the GMS Co-Directors. Awards are granted for up to $500.