For Undergraduates

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2017-18 Impact of Gifts

  • Please familiarize yourself with our grant requirements before starting the application process. View deadlines.
  • Students who meet with the Nanovic Institute's Student Programs Assistant Manager may have an increased likelihood of success.
  • Our grants are not intended to fund study abroad programs, or fee-based programs.
  • If you have received a Nanovic grant within the past academic year this may affect your chances at receiving further Nanovic funding. 
  • Successful projects articulate a clear connection to Europe and European Studies--they do not coincidentally include Europeans or simply take place in Europe.
  • Certain undergraduate students engaged in human subjects research (i.e., interaction with a living person or private information from existing data, documents, records or diagnostic specimens) must have their projects approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). It is the student's responsibility to review the guidelines and begin the IRB approval process (when necessary) prior to applying for a grant. Human research projects cannot receive funding without IRB approval.
  • Look over past student projects online or in our 2017-18 publication.
  • Make an appointment or stop-in to talk with our advising team.

Traditional and Contemporary, Policy-Oriented Topics 

The Nanovic Institute is dedicated to interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to Europe. Choose a topic you love, and one you can carry out given your training and course work. If that is Medieval Studies, great; if early modern European history, also good. Consider whether you possess the right language(s) and master the appropriate research methods (e.g., qualitative analysis, historical background). If the answer is no (or not yet), the Nanovic may be able to help you acquire the skills you need for a grant down the road. So by all means, consult a grant advisor at the Institute as well as a Faculty Fellow in the early stages of your proposal.

Given the urgent problems facing Europe today, the Nanovic Institute now strongly encourages students also to consider urgent policy questions of the day. Whenever appropriate (but only when it truly makes sense), bring your academic training, whether in the humanities, arts, sciences, or social sciences, to bear on questions and topics that have contemporary implications, such as in the following areas:

*Immigration and the Challenge to National Identities. The arrival of migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa directly fueled the rise of right-wing populist leaders throughout Europe. How can such challenges be met both effectively and in a way that respects human dignity? 

*Religion and the Secular State. In Europe today, it is impossible to ignore religious prejudice (e.g. Islamophobia), assertions of authentic or spurious religious identity, and the role of the secular state either as a mediating institution or force for religious or anti-religious bias. How have assertions of religious identity challenged definitions of political identity? The situation of eastern European Christianity is especially interesting in the consideration of such questions.

*European Integration and the Fate of the EU. After the catastrophe of two major world wars, political leaders in Europe sought to create supranational economic and political institutions that would integrate nations and reduce the incentives for conflict between them. What has been the fate of such projects, and how can they be improved? How has political populism affected European democracy and peace? To what extent are political changes in Europe affecting Europe's relationships around the world?

The above topics and questions are not intended to be exhaustive, nor are they intended to preclude other topics of research. The Institute still welcomes other topics in European studies and will support them. Students should make special note that successful applicants have first discussed their proposals with appropriate faculty and Institute advisors. 

Make an Appointment

For guidance about the student grants process, contact:

Anna Dolezal 
Student Programs Assistant Manager

Appointment Calendar 

For guidance about your research question and methodology, contact:

Dr. Mark Kettler 
Postdoctoral Associate

Drop-In Advising Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:00pm; Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 1pm

Grant Deadlines

Research Grants

Fall Break (Deadline: September 16, 2019)
Break Travel and Research Grants for Sophomores and Juniors 
Senior Travel and Research Grants

Christmas Break (Deadline: November 4, 2019)
Break Travel and Research Grants for Sophomores and Juniors
Senior Travel and Research Grants

Spring Break Travel and Research (Deadline: February 3, 2020)
Break Travel and Research Grant for Freshmen
Break Travel and Research Grants for Sophomores and Juniors
Senior Travel and Research Grants

Summer Travel and Research (Deadline: March 2, 2020)

Internship and Service Grants

Language Study

  • Language Club Support Grants (Accepted on a rolling basis until March 16, 2020)
  • The Nanovic Institute for European Studies is transitioning to a new system to support the study of European languages. Check back for more information.