Research Grant: Traces of Europe

Call for Grant Proposals

The Nanovic Institute is accepting grant proposals from undergraduate students interested in conducting research projects that will investigate the traces of Europe in the United States. Applications, including a project proposal and detailed budget, are due here on Wednesday, April 21 at 11:59 pm

Traces of Europe: Mapping Europe in the United States

In 1900, a small mining town in western Montana boasted the highest per-capita population of Irish residents than any other city in the United States. The Irish miners that filled the city’s prosperous copper mines were at the front lines of fair labor and union movements at the turn of the century. The influence of Irish immigrants on Butte, Montana today is unmistakable, from the annual Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering to the unions that support workers still today.  Of course, Butte is not alone in this experience, European migrants have left a lasting influence on many American cities and towns. 

In an effort to deepen our understanding of the transatlantic relationship, its origins, and future, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies is accepting proposals from interested undergraduate students investigating the traces of Europe in the United States. Students are encouraged to design their own research questions about European influences on the United States, but may consider exploring questions related to the following areas: 

  • The role of Europe on the American religious landscape 
  • Colonial Europe and colonial influence in the United States
  • European artists and architects in the United States
  • Current migration trends between Europe and the United States 
  • Historic or current economic impact of European migrants in the United States 

Interdisciplinary in nature, students are encouraged to play to their strengths in designing their research projects, investigating anything from Spanish baroque architecture in California to the impact of French colonialism in the Louisiana Delta. Where possible students should seek to integrate both the European and American perspectives on their research question(s). Students will be expected to write a 700 - 1,000 word report on their research and findings. As with the Institute’s traditional travel and research grants, students should seek out faculty advice and support as they design their research questions and methodologies. Successful proposals will be awarded funds for travel and necessary expenses to carry-out the research as designed.