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 in February 2022. 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.

This year's recipients of funding include:

  • Heba AlNajada (Architecture) - 150 Years of Refuge into Jordan: Land Tenure, Camps, and Hospitality (1878-Present)
  • Laura Belik (Architecture) - Temporary Structures of Hope/Permanent Spaces of Power: Socio-spatial reflections from Northeast Brazil in the early 20th Century drought periods
  • Chris Chan (Anthropology) - Politics and Poetics of Techno-Aesthetic Ecologies and the Green Urban Future in Taiwan
  • Salma Elmallah (Energy and Resources Group) - Infrastructure, planning, and spatial differentiation in California’s gas to electric residential heating transition
  • Justin Greene (Anthropology) - Excess and Noise: Evangelical Churches and Funk Parties in São Paulo
  • Beki McElvain (City and Regional Planning) - Planning in the Mud: Making and Unmaking Resilience in Mexico City
  • Giselle Mendonça Abreu (City and Regional Planning) - Soybean Cities: Hinterland Urbanization in Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Catherine Park (Education) - Towards the Global: Aspirations and Schooling in Shenzhen
  • Ángel Ross (Sociology) - Surveilling the Suburbs: Racial Inequality and the Rise of Big Data Policing in Suburbia

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.