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Graduate Student Research Grant

Call for Proposals

WCED seeks applications from University of Michigan graduate students in all centers and departments for grants toward research projects related to authoritarianism and democracy, broadly understood. Funds cannot be used for conference expenses.

Awards range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the number of successful proposals. Deadlines for submission of proposals are: October 15, 2019 and May 1, 2020. We will review applications from April 1 through May 1 on a rolling basis. 

NOTE: All graduate student international travel must adhere to the recently updated Warnings & Restrictions implemented by the University of Michigan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grantees will only receive funds if and when their international travel plans are approved by the appropriate U-M offices.  

Proposals should include:

  1. WCED Graduate Student Research Grant Request Form;
  2. A one-page CV for each principal organizer/participant;
  3. A research proposal no longer than 1,000 words; and
  4. A detailed budget including all sources of support (pending and confirmed).

Questions? Please contact Derek Groom (

2018-19 Graduate Student Research Grants

Cristian Capotescu, PhD History, “Ceaușescu’s Flirt with Austerity: How Neoliberalism Defeated State Socialism.”

Vedran Catovic, PhD Comparative Literature, “‘Objective Reporting’ and Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Yugoslav Countries.”

Amelia Frank-Vitale, PhD Anthropology, “When Democracy Resembles Dictatorship: Politics and Policing in Honduras.”

Jane Kitaevich, PhD Political Science, “A Boon or a Bane: The Impact of a Militarized Conflict on Social Welfare Provision in Emerging Democracies.”

Fan Liang, PhD Communication Studies, “The Platformization of Propaganda: Examining China’s Government App in the Digital Age.”

Guoer Liu, PhD Political Science, “Vote It Till You Support It: Authoritarian Elections and Regime Legitimacy.”

James Meador, PhD Anthropology, “Building Religious Bridges across Eurasia: Prospects for Sino-Russian Ideological Collaboration.”

Gavin Ploger, PhD Communication Studies, “Automated Content Analysis of Authoritarianism.”

Moniek van Rheenen, PhD Anthropology, “#GoingViral: Female-Driven Networks in Indonesian Muslim Political Activism.”

Nuannuan Xiang, PhD Political Science, “The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in Britain, Japan, and the U.S. in the Early Twentieth Century.”