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Center Grants for Students

*2016-2017 Graduate Student Research Grants: Spring competition

The Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice is pleased to offer funding for research conducted by graduate students enrolled in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The Center will be awarding up to three Graduate Student Research Grants for work on an issue of economic, political, or social justice that crosses national borders. Issue areas include but are not limited to immigration, forced migration and human trafficking, human rights, economic development, global trade and finance, pandemic diseases, and climate change.

Successful Graduate Student applicants will be awarded up to $2500 in research funds. Grant funds must be expended on a specific research project conducted between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Eligible expenses include research-related travel, data acquisition, and materials and supplies. Grant recipients will be required to submit a preliminary report of the results of their research by July 30, 2017.

Eligibility: The grant competition is open to Graduate Students enrolled in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of graduate level work at Marquette.

Application Procedures: Students seeking to apply for these grants must submit the following materials. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Research Proposal consisting of no more than four single-spaced pages using 12 point font. The proposal must contain: a clear discussion of the puzzle or problem the project seeks to address; a brief literature review that identifies the significance of the proposed research in light of existing scholarship; a discussion of research methods the project will employ and how a CTJ research grant will strengthen the project.
  • Project Budget consisting of a one page budget narrative noting the intended use of grant funds, total project costs, and other sources of support.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume of two to three pages. If the project entails foreign travel, include information on relevant language skills.
  • Letter of Faculty Support from a full-time Marquette faculty member noting their willingness to serve as an advisor/mentor for the project and commenting on the applicant’s ability to conduct the research.

Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically as PDF or WORD attachments and are due before 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2017. Send application materials to Dr. H. Richard Friman, Director, Center for Transnational Justice, Grant winners will be notified by email on or before February 24, 2017.


Past Graduate Student Research Grant Award Winners


Steven Vickers, Jr., M.A. Program in History. Research Project on "Emotional Responses to Terror Campaigns in Ireland and Italy."


Dane DeVetter, M.A. Program in International Affairs. Research project on "Refugee Access to Food Assistance in Milwaukee: Promoting Self-Sufficiency or Food Insecurity."



Erin Wissler, M.A. in Public Service Program. Research project on "Refugee Resettlement: Obstacles to Health Care Access" with a focus on Milwaukee, WI.



Catyln Origitano, Department of Philosophy. Research project on "Art during Genocide" with field work in the Czech Republic.


Alexandre Martins, Department of Theology. Research project on "Global Health and Justice in Health Care: A Liberating Approach from Below" with field work in Bolivia.



Brittnea Roozen, Department of Political Science. Research project on prostitution and transient populations in Ethiopia.



Kelli Nagel, Department of Political Science and Law School. Research project on human trafficking and the U.S. H-2A guest worker program.


Molly Giese, Department of Political Science. Research project on the political economy of human rights in Brazil.


No grants awarded.


Patricia Rodda, Department of Political Science. Research project on the transnational diffusion of GLBT rights.


*Undergraduate Student Research Grant Competition



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