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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 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)
  • 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.


2019 Senior Thesis Grant Recipients

Lily Jacobs (Social Studies, 2020) – Understanding Non-secular Feminism: Agency and Recognition in French Muslim Feminist Movements

Matthew Keating (Government, 2020)European Union Member States’ Approaches to Evaluating and Supporting LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

* Stanley H. Hoffmann Undergraduate Research and Travel Grant Recipient

Drake Marshall (History, 2020) – World War I and the Birth of Modern Combined Arms Tactics

Emma Potvin (History, 2020) – Diplomatic Culture in the French Restoration, 1816-1831

Russell Reed (Special concentration, 2020)The Killing of a Sacred Ape: Colonial Racial Science and Gorilla Conservation in the Albertine Rift

Benjamin Roy, (Classics, 2020)The Reception of the Classics by Neo-Fascist Political Organizations in Modern Greece

Vanessa Ruales Navas (Social studies, 2020) – Effect of Freedom of Expression Jurisprudence and Corporate Perception on UK Food Labelling” Cambridge

* Stanley H. Hoffmann Undergraduate Research and Travel Grant Recipient

Alexandra Todorova (History, 2020)The Aryan Vikings of Hedeby: Danish Archaeology in the Shadow of the Third Reich

Rebecca Thau (History and Literature/ Romance Languages and Literature, 2020) – Re-Judaization and Algerian-French Thinkers: Jewishness for Jacques Derrida and Helene Cixous

May Wang (Comparative Literature, 2020) – Evolutionary Theory and Literary Framing in Nineteenth Century French and English Literature

Selena Zhao (Government, 2020) – Understanding Democratic Dysfunction in North Ireland's Power-Sharing Institution

* Stanley H. Hoffmann Undergraduate Research and Travel Grant Recipient

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


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