The GMS program regularly funds graduate student research and conference travel grants.

Summer Research Funding

Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) is pleased to announce a competition for summer research grants of up to $5000 to students at any stage of the PhD currently enrolled in the Designated Emphasis.  Applications for the next round of funding will be due in February 2024. Applications for pre-dissertation research are especially encouraged, but all projects will be considered, subject to available funding. Applicants must be enrolled in, or should have already completed, the GMS 200 core course. To apply, please fill out the following Google Form. Faculty recommendations on behalf of students should be submitted on a separate Google Form.

Recent (2022) recipients of funding include:

  • Cristina Crespo Montañés (ERG) – Exploring the Equity Implications of Residential Electrification
  • Joe Greenbaum (Political Science) – Topologies of Toxicity from e-Waste Processing in East Africa
  • Cheng-Kai Hsu (City and Regional Planning) – Intersectionality of Unshielded Micro-mobility Rider, Uncontracted Gig Worker, and Subtropical City Citizen: Sensing Air Pollution Exposure of Food Delivery Motorcyclists in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Bavisha Kalyan (Civil and Environmental Engineering) – Community-centered Machine Learning for Equitable Lead Remediation
  • Sarah Lee (History) – Producing the Central Valley: Police, Race, and Carceral Space in California’s Central Valley
  • Taesoo Song (City and Regional Planning) – Bellwethers or Victims of Neighborhood Change? Commercial Gentrification and the Jongno-sam-ga Gayborhood in Seoul, South Korea

Conference Funding

GMS also supports the costs of attending conferences for students enrolled in the DE. Applications should be submitted before the conference (e.g. upon conference registration), and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students will be awarded no more than one grant per year and 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. GMS is able to support up to 10 conference grant applications for up to $500 each in the 2023-24 academic year.

To apply, fill out the GMS Conference Travel Grant Application.

As of 10/31/2023 – all funding for the academic year 2023-24 has been allocated and GMS is no longer accepting applications for Conference Travel Grants until next August 2024.

Student Research Group Funding

GMS is pleased to offer funding of $500-$1500 for new or continuing interdisciplinary student groups working on urban issues. This grant is designed to facilitate communities of practice within GMS and to provide opportunities for students in the DE to organize public programming. Funding may be used to support reading groups, workshops, external speakers, field trips, and other activities that promote the professional development of graduate students and their engagement in the DE.

At least two applicants must already be enrolled in the GMS Designated Emphasis (applicants can be at any stage of the PhD process). Awards are granted for $500-$1500. Activities must be completed by the end of the Spring 2024 semester, including a public event in Spring 2024 open to the GMS and wider campus community. Applications for this funding opportunity are due by November 15, 2023. We currently are not accepting new applications.

Grants will be paid as reimbursement through the Social Science Matrix, who will contact you upon acceptance of the grant. You must submit a copy of receipts with reimbursement requests. Timely submission of reimbursement requests (within a month of completion of activities) is also required.


Apply for Student Group Funding

Please direct any questions to GMS Co-Directors.


Please let us know if you have any questions.

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