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Senior Thesis Grants

Julia Fine, Emily Brother, Fiona Fitzgerald and Kate Brady were among the 2018 Senior Thesis Conference presenters.

CES offers summer research travel grants for senior thesis writers to explore topics on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in modern or contemporary Europe. The grants in the amount of $5,000 are made possible thanks to a generous endowment provided by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation in 1979 which established the "Krupp Foundation Fellowships in European Studies" at CES. Grants must be used for research abroad during the summer break.

How to apply

In preparation for working on a senior thesis, students are encouraged to attend the Center's Senior Thesis Workshops. Students interested in applying for a senior thesis grant should submit the following documents via CARAT:

  • Cover letter (one page)
  • Current CV/resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Budget

The application cycle for the 2020-2021 academic year will open on November 8, 2019.

Grant Restrictions and Considerations


Student Profiles – Researching in Europe

Sara Bobok won the prestigious Hoopes Prize for her thesis on right-wing youth in Hungary.

During the summer of 2018, 13 students traveled to Europe on a CES Senior Thesis Grant to conduct research. They shared their impressions of researching and living in Europe here.


Senior Thesis Conference

Each year, recipients of a CES Senior Thesis Grant have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Thesis Conference. At the conference, students presents their preliminary research findings and receive invaluable feedback from faculty and CES fellows. Watch the 2017 Senior Thesis presentations trailer.

Margot Mai '18 and Stergios Dinopoulos '17 were recipients of the CES senior thesis grants in 2017.

Three win prestigious Hoopes Prize

Three win prestigious Hoopes Prize

May 13, 2019

Three CES Senior Thesis Grant Recipients Sara Bobok, Emily Brothers and Julia Fine were awarded the prestigious Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for their outstanding research. These students spent their junior summer in Europe to conduct research for their senior thesis and were nominated by their advisors including Maya Jasanoff, CES Resident Faculty, and Nicolas Prevelakis, CES Local Affiliate.


2019 Senior Thesis Grant Recipients

Benjamin Roy, May Wang, Vanessa Ruales Navas and Russel Reed (left to right)

Past Grant Recipients – 2018-2012


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