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Senior Thesis Grants

The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (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.

Taylor Whitsell (Government, Secondary in European History, Politics and Societies, 2022) was the recipients of a Senior Thesis Grant and a Summer Internship Grant.

2022 Senior Thesis Grant Recipients

The following students received Senior Thesis Grants this year. View the list of recipients here.

Mercedes Sapuppo (Social Studies, 2023) received a Senior Thesis grant from CES in 2022.

Past Senior Thesis Grant Recipients (2012-2020)


Student Profiles

Margot Mai (AB '18) won a Hoopes Prize for her senior thesis funded by CES.
Heading to Hungary to study and help

Heading to Hungary to study and help

in Harvard Gazette on May 21, 2019

Sara Bobok '19 traveled to her native Hungary on a CES Senior Thesis Grant to hear what motivates young people. She won the prestigious Hoopes Prize for her senior thesis, which was guided by CES Director Grzegorz Ekiert and CES Affiliate Nikolas Prevelakis, among others. Featured here as one of Harvard's stellar graduates, read what motivates Sara and what she plans next.


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.

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

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.

How to apply

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year have closed.

Carrie Rosenblum
Carrie Rosenblum

Questions? Contact CES Program Manager or sign up for office hours.


Program Manager, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
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