The Pay It Forward Fund: Small Grants For Students Funded by GC Political Science Alum

See the application document here: Pay it Forward Application.
The Political Science GC Alum Committee is now accepting applications for small grants to support research related activities and resources.
Awards of up to $250 will be granted to current Ph.D. or M.A. students in the GC Political Science Department for conference travel, conference registration, research materials (books and reports), and research costs (access to databases and software, statistics). Priority will be given to conference funding, but graduate students may apply for research related costs.  Research related funding should be used during the Spring 2024 research season extending from January 1 – June 30, 2024.
The grants are generously supported by graduates of the Political Science Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Alumni and others can make donations to the fund here by including “Pay It Forward” in the comment field.
To apply, graduate students must submit:
  • Application Cover Sheet (available here)
  • Research Statement (no more than 500 words)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • The research statement should include a clear, concise description of the event, including what the student intends to do there, why the event is the best venue for the activity, and why the travel is relevant to the student’s research and/or professional development.
  • Grantees will be required to submit an exit survey with receipts immediately upon purchase of materials or access or proof of attendance within two weeks of an event. If awardees are able to provide photographs of participation that they are willing to have published in conjunction with information about the award program, this support is welcome.
The following factors will be considered when ranking candidates for grants:
Conference Participation
  • Reviewers will consider the level of the student’s participation in the selected event. Students presenting at a conference will have priority over students participating in workshops, performing service, and/or attending as observers. Workshop participants will have priority over students performing conference service (e.g., panel chair, discussant, section meetings, etc.) and/or attending as observers. And students who are serving in a service role will have priority over observers.
  • Reviewers will consider the connection between the student’s research interests and the topic/themes of the workshop or conference. Students who can demonstrate a strong connection between the topic/theme of the event will have priority over students with weaker ties.
Professional Development
  • Reviewers will consider the importance of this event for the student’s professional development. Students currently on or set to be on the job market in the next six months will have priority over students at earlier stages.
Deadline: Applications must be received by December 4, 2023 at 12:00pm, to
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