Fellowships and Grants

The Institute for Human Security proudly supports our Fletcher doctoral students with fellowship and grant opportunities.

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IHS Fellowship

The IHS Fellowship is designed to encourage young scholars focused on the human security agenda to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or field-based research in human security and related fields. Consistent with the IHS goal of fostering the development of the next generation of scholars and practitioners, this program provides support for one year of dissertation research and writing in human security and related topics in politics, economics, law, security, nutrition, and health.

The IHS Fellowship is open to Fletcher doctoral students only. It is a non-resident fellowship for the duration of a full academic year. Up to two fellowships, in the amount of $15,000 each, are awarded annually. Preference will be given to applicants whose dissertation topics are within the field of human security and whose work requires significant field research.

Application Procedures

All application materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Marina Travayiakis, Associate Director, Institute for Human Security (marina.travayiakis@tufts.edu). Please include in the subject line: Application for IHS Fellowship. There are two application deadlines per academic year, November 1 and March 1.

Required Materials:

  • Cover letter that includes the applicant’s name, address, dissertation committee members, dissertation title, summary of research topic, and relevance to the human security agenda
  • A 3-page research proposal
  • Budget proposal
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of successful defense of dissertation proposal
  • Letter of support from dissertation committee Chair
  • Disclosure of all other Fletcher funding for the current academic year

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be Fletcher doctoral students focused on the human security agenda
  • Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal
  • The IHS Fellowship award cannot be combined with other major Fletcher funding
  • Past recipients of the IHS grant that was awarded to doctoral students after the successful defense of their dissertation proposal are not eligible to apply for this fellowship

Use/Non Use of Funds:

  • Funds may be used for personal stipends, travel to conduct research and data collection, wages for research or field assistants, and non-capital supplies
  • Funds may be used as a writing grant to support the final stages of the dissertation (that is, applicants are set to defend their dissertation one calendar year from start of fellowship)
  • Funds cannot be used for capital equipment purchases

Additional Requirements:

  • IHS Fellows are required to submit a summary report of the fellowship activity and use of funds

Travel and Research Grant

IHS offers travel and research grants to support Fletcher doctoral students focused on the human security agenda who either require funds to conduct field research or travel to a conference in which the applicant is presenting a paper or speaking on a panel. 

Each academic year, IHS may award up to $3,000 in travel/research grants.  Doctoral students may apply more than once in any given academic year, with total awards exceeding no more than $1,500 per student per year.  Past recipients may re-apply in subsequent years.  Applicants may combine the IHS travel/research grant with funding from other sources, including other Fletcher sources.  Current IHS Fellows may not apply.

Application Procedures

All application materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Marina Travayiakis, Associate Director, Institute for Human Security (marina.travayiakis@tufts.edu) on or before January 15 (for use March to June), May 1 (for use July-October), and October 1 (for use November-February).  Please include in the subject line: Application for IHS Travel/Research Grant.    

Required Materials:

  • Applicant Name and Address
  • One page summary of purpose of funding request.  Please include summary of project, estimated costs, and other funding sources if applicable
  • If funds will be used to cover the cost of conference travel, please include the conference name, date, location, paper title and abstract, and estimated costs

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be Fletcher doctoral students in the field of human security
  • Applicants can not apply while an IHS Fellow.  Former IHS Fellows are eligible to apply.
  • If needed, recipients may re-apply for additional funds within the same academic year or in subsequent academic years.  Total funding cannot exceed $1,500 per student in a given academic year.

Use/Non Use of Funds:

  • Funds available to support field research costs (including travel, visa costs, lodging)
  • Funds may be used toward the cost of support staff (research assistants, translators, etc.)
  • Funds cannot be used for capital equipment purchases

Additional Requirements:

  • Recipients must submit a one-page summary report and complete expense reimbursement report, including all original receipts