Grants and Support

Graduate Student
Travel Grant Opportunities
Fall 2016

Subject to the availability of funds after July 1, 2016, the Center for European Studies (CES) will offer a limited number of grants of up to $500 to support conference participation through December 31 for Rutgers University graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences who are presenting research on Europe. Funds may be used to reimburse the cost of travel to and from, and/or accommodations at, the conference venue, subject to Rutgers University regulations.

Applications may be made by email to The Center for European Studies, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; they should include conference details, confirmation of paper acceptance, an abstract of the conference paper, and a budget showing costs of travel, accommodations, and conference registration, plus a statement of the conference's importance to the applicant's dissertation research.  Applications should be made at least 40 days in advance of the conference.  Successful applicants will receive reimbursement after the conference in accordance with university regulations and procedures.


The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focusing on topics in European Studies in the humanities.

Applications are generally due in late January.
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The Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European Studies, and other professional development activities. CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowships fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe.

Applications are generally due (along with all supporting materials) in mid-January.

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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: February 4, 2015

Boren Scholarship: January 27, 2015*

*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

The European Scholarship Portal is a new and ongoing initiative to list as many fellowship/grant/scholarship funded work opportunities as possible for study in Europe in all disciplines.

It features a very easy-to-use interface. The ultimate funder the European Commission via two European academic institutions: the non-for-profit Academic Cooperation Association based in Brussels and a scholarship search company StudyPortals.

It does not claim to be comprehensive at this point but certainly lists a good many sources for support. Note that History is listed under Social Sciences.

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