Research & Travel Grants

Grants and Fellowships

Please note that each of these grants require you to submit an application.

Peter Juviler and Dennis Dalton Human Rights Fellowship Fund (2017)

The Peter Juviler and Dennis Dalton Human Rights Fellowship Fund supports summer research and internships for students studying human rights, social justice, and peace studies. Two students who would not otherwise have the funds to do summer research will be awarded $2,500 each. This fund is open to all students and cannot be combined with any other Barnard College grants. To apply, you must submit a proposal, budget, a letter of support from a Barnard or Columbia faculty member, and a letter of support from an affiliate organization by February 1, 2018. Email attachments to or deliver hard copies to the Dean of Studies Office, Milbank 105.

Below are guidelines for the application:

  • The Proposal (two pages maximum, double spaced, one-inch margins): A narrative description of the research project and how the funds will contribute to its success.  Questions to consider: a. Where do you intend to go? b. What will do there and how long you will need to stay? c. Have you made contact with any on-site individuals or institutions whose cooperation will be critical to your research? If yes, provide details. d. How has your research grown out of your academic pursuits?
  • Letter of Recommendation: The faculty letter of support should be written by a person familiar with your project and should address both the importance of this project and your qualifications.
  • Propose Budget: A one-page detailed budget, preferably in chart form. Provide details regarding expenses including transportation, daily living costs such as lodging and food, and other fees or costs associated with your project. A letter of support from an affiliate organization: The affiliate letter should be written by a person who you will work closely with and has an understanding of how you will engage with the organization.

If your project involves human subjects, please go to, click on the “Student as PI Worksheet” link, and submit the completed form with your proposal. Proposals will be reviewed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Honors at our February 2018 meeting. Bear in mind that although some members of the Committee may be experts in your field, most will not be; it will be wise to tailor your proposal accordingly. Please direct any questions to Dr. J. Paul Martin of Human Rights Studies ( or Dean Evelyn Leong, ( You may also make an appointment with Dean Leong at

Tow Foundation Travel Fellowship (2002)

Barnard rising seniors seeking funding from the Tow Foundation for travel expenses related to research for their senior essay (thesis) should contact Dean James Runsdorf (also at 212-854-2024) in the fall of junior year. Since 2002 the Tow Foundation has donated $25,000 each year to support senior research-related travel. There is more information on the Global Barnard site.

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants (1987)

The Lucyle Hook Travel Grants are awarded by the Committee on Honors (CoH) to promising Barnard rising or current seniors with enriching, eclectic senior projects who demonstrate originality and self-direction. Students seeking funding for travel and other research expenses related to their senior essay project should speak with Dean Runsdorf by early October of the senior year. Expenses may be incurred during the summer prior to the senior year as well as during the senior year, i.e. the rising or current senior may apply in the fall for either the previous or the following summer. The applicant should submit a full description of her essay with a detailed estimate of expenses, along with a letter of recommendation from her (prospective) senior essay advisor. Traditionally about $1,500 is available each year, with most grants in the $100-$500 range. There is more information on the Global Barnard site.

Jolie Ermers Memorial Research Grant (2006)

If you are a Barnard Political Science rising or current senior major who is seeking to defray travel expenses, conference or other research fees related to the Political Science major, you are eligible for this grant. Expenses may be incurred in the semester or summer prior to the senior year and during the senior year.
      Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants are awarded by the Department Chair. $1,000 is available annually, with each grant limited to $250. To apply, please submit the following to the Political Science Department Office:

  • A succinct description (of at most one page) of your project;
  • A detailed estimate or actual list of expenses;
  • A brief written recommendation (can be emailed) from a colloquium instructor (current or former);
  • Your permanent address and Social Security Number.

The Barnard Political Science Faculty established this grant in 2006 to honor Jolanda Maria Ermers (1955-2005), sister of former Political Science Department Administrator, Nell Dillon-Ermers. A historian with an active interest in women's rights, Jolie wrote her thesis on the correlation between women's rights and infanticide in medieval France. As a program director for the Dutch government's NCDO, she organized conferences in 2001 and 2002 that focused on religious freedom and human rights. In 2002 Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, at her annual awards ceremony, recognized Jolie's initiative and acknowledged the positive difference she made in society. (The NCDO aims to foster international cooperation through conferences, exhibits, documentaries, and the like.)

Updated 18 December 2013 by Anne Wolff-Lawson.