Gary J. Rathburn Undergraduate International Research Award

The purpose of this award, generously funded through an endowment established by Gary J. Rathburn, is to support undergraduate research in the Department of Political Science, with a preference for research that is international in scope. Each year the Department will award one or more grants of up to $5,000, depending on the quality of applications received and the amounts requested.


Any student who is a Political Science major, who is taking PS courses, or who is researching a PS topic may apply for funding in support of a research project. Preference will be given to continuing students, but all students should apply. Applicants should submit:

  • a resume or curriculum vitae;
  • official or unofficial transcript;
  • a statement describing the research project and its significance in the student’s intellectual development (three page maximum);
  • a simple budget explaining how the award money will be used; and
  • a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member.

We begin considering applications on January 15; deadline for application is March 1.