To encourage original, substantial research, the European Institute offers grants to students who want to conduct thesis research in Europe. These grants are available only to students in the European History, Politics, and Society program.
The thesis grants may be used for travel expenses and research expenses such as library fees and copying. A variety of projects are eligible, including library and archival research and field work. This happens during the winter, spring, or summer breaks.
The application process begins in the fall and is announced through the European Studies Colloquium and the European History, Politics, and Society's mailing list. A version of the thesis prospectus is the main component of the application.
Note: Students whose original research includes work with human subjects are required to obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Such approval is also an eligibility requirement for the European Institute's Research & Travel Grants. More information can be found on the Columbia Research page Human Research Protection Office and IRBs.
Students must also register their travel itinerary, personal contact information, and emergency contacts using the International SOS MyTrips travel registry.
Past Recipients of Thesis Grants
Quinn Shepherd: Research in France and Italy
Charlotte Waldraff: Research in Germany
Andrew Carroll: Research in Belgium
Ben Diehl: Research in Germany
Ian Donnellan: Research in Germany
Marc Dorpema: Research in United Kingdom and Netherlands
Edoardo Vaccari: Research in Italy
Ben Walsh: Data collection research
Yuri Yazakov: Research in France
Melissa Bosem: Research in Ukraine
Ryan Conley: Research in Ukraine
Marisa Henderson: Research in Senegal
Kevin Lavery: Research in Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Joseph Puchner: Research in the United Kingdom as a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Queen Mary University of London for the Summer 2018 term
Tristan Sechrest: Research in Germany
Tiffany Thompson: Research in the United Kingdom
Harry Whomersely: Research in the United Kingdom
Brandon Allen: Research in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Amsterdam for the Fall 2017 semester.
Lara France: Research in France
Sarah Roth: Research in California, Kansas, and Maryland
Katie Shine: Research in Italy
Jackson Allison: Research in California on German economic history
Fan Cheng: Research in Arkansas on German-Chinese relations
Alexandro Pedraza: Research in Spain on the relationship between Spain and Morroco
Holly Porrino: Research in France on French cultural history
Farrah Madanay: Research in Germany on the 1980 Gesundheitstag conference
Vinicius Bivar Marra Pereira: Research in Germany on German-Brazilian relations between 1938 and 1942
Anne Schult: Research in Germany and France on the effect of immigration on national identity, as an exchange student at Sciences Po, Paris, for the Fall semester.
Jarrett Moran: Research in Britain on John Ruskin’s political economy
Vanessa Johnston: Research in Berlin on the New Woman/Modern Girl in Weimar Germany
Boyd van Dijk: Research in Amsterdam and The Hague on the history of human rights in the Netherlands