Student travel awards

The Department of Political Science provides financial support to our students, when traveling abroad to conduct research or present at conferences and workshops. 

Come into the department today to see how we can help fund your travel!

Danny Holmes - The Hague, Netherlands

This summer I have been accepted to the International Peace and Security Institute’s (IPSI) 2015 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice. The symposium is three weeks long, and designed to train participants through experiential learning to learn practical skills in post-conflict building and mediation, as well as synthesize new techniques to address the many issues faced by the field.

The Hague by nightAt the symposium, I will have the opportunity to present my research for my Master’s Research Project to other symposium participants and international experts. My research addresses the question of how political elite affect post-conflict reconciliation in deeply divided societies, focusing on the contrasting cases of Bosnia and Northern Ireland. I will have the opportunity to receive feedback on my research from the other international participants and experts. As my research challenges the current liberal peace building paradigm, it would be the perfect place to have my theory heard and tested.

In addition to the opportunity to present and have my research considered by practitioners in the field, the three weeks will include training workshops, lectures from key figures in the field (Including Justice Richard Goldstone, the chief prosecutor of the ICTY and ICTR), and visits to the international justice organizations based in The Hague including the International Criminal Court (ICC) and others. This will provided an unparalleled opportunity to situate my on-going work in the broader field. These workshops and presentations will be taking place in Clingendael Institute, and participants are staying in The Hague at The Student Hotel for the duration of the symposium. At the conclusion of the symposium, participants will receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in “Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice” offered jointly from IPSI and John Hopkins University in the United States.

Karina Sangha - San Francisco, USA

Karina in San FransiscoI travelled to San Francisco to attend the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention with the full financial support of the Department of Political Science. This conference draws thousands of individuals from around the globe each year, and I was selected to present a paper with my co-author, Dr. Scott Fitzsimmons.

The conference was a fantastic experience. In addition to receiving constructive feedback on my own research, I had the pleasure of attending a variety of panels directly related to my topic of study: unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs).

The highlight of the trip was attending a panel discussion consisting of most (if not all) of the major theorists and researchers I had been studying. Upon approaching them at the end of the panel to introduce myself, they insisted on taking me out for dinner to further discuss topics of mutual interest. I remained in touch with many of these individuals as I finalized my MA research and was even hired by one of them to serve as a Research Assistant following my studies.

Overall, attending the ISA Annual Convention was very beneficial, and I am truly grateful for the Department’s support.