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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 and Halbach Foundation in 1979 which established the Krupp Foundation Fellowships 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)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Budget

For additional funding, students may also consider applying for the Stanley H. Hoffmann Undergraduate Travel and Research Fund.

Grant Restrictions and Considerations

The new application cycle will open in November 2019.

Researching in Europe

Sara Bobok received a 2018 CES Senior Thesis Grant for research 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 below.

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

2018 Senior Thesis Grant Recipients

Sara Bobok, Social Studies, 2019 – Understanding Far Right Mobilization of Hungarian Youth through Civil Society

Katherine Brady, Social Studies, 2019 – German Politics and Historical Memory on a Monumental Stage, Berlin's Memorial to the Murdered Jews

Emily Brother, Music, 2019 – Preparing to Analyze, Perform, and Discuss Frédéric Chopin's Preludes Op.28

Thomas Chatzieleftheriou, Social Studies, 2019 – "Petty Corruption as a Defense Mechanism against Populism"

Nicholas Colon, The Study of Religion, 2019 – Exploring the Spiritual Growth of Young Adults on Pilgrimage in Modern Europe * Real Colegio Complutense Grant Recipient

Aidan Connaughton, Government, 2019 – Effects of Language Translation and Ethnolinguistic Identity on Political Survey Responses

Eliza Ennis, Social Studies, 2019 – The Politics of International Refugee Aid in an Era of Xenophobia and Public Morality * Stanley H. Hoffmann Undergraduate Research and Travel Grant Recipient

Julia Fine, History and Literature, 2019 – The Incorporation of South Asian Cuisine into the Victorian Palate

Fiona Fitzgerald, History and Literature, 2019 – Archival Research on Historical Memory of Italian Colonialism

Hannah Johnston, History of Science, 2019 – Women in Early Modern Medicine

Arthur Schott Lopes, History, 2019 – A Colonial Imperialism: Gilberto Freyre and the Luso-Brazilian Confederation, 1915-1965

Bella Roussanov, History and Literature, 2019 – Anti-Turkish Nationalism in Bulgaria During the Renaming Campaign of 1984

Wonik Son, History, 2019 – Public Consumption of Disability: Constructing Postwar Photography, Film, and Visuality

Jocelyn Hernandez Vazquez, Romance Languages and Literatures, 2019 – The foundations of Catalan independence discourse in the parliamentary speeches of the ERC,1978-2017

Emma City, Caleb Shelburne and India Patel (left to right) presented their research findings at the 2017 CES Senior Thesis Conference.

Past Senior Thesis Grant Recipients