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Graduate Awards

Special “Opps” Travel & Research Award
The Graduate School has a new Special “Opps” Travel and Research Award for graduate students. The purpose of this competitive award is to help graduate students take advantage of special opportunities to advance or present their research. Competitive applications will be accepted for travel opportunities that are out of the ordinary – beyond the usual annual conference presentation.

Awards will be no more than $500 and the number awarded will be limited by available funds.

Awards offered by other University of Oregon units and external institutions

Click above for a compilation of award opportunities which include Graduate School Awards, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies Fellowships, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, Center for Latino/a Latin American Studies Awards, Center for the Study of Women in Society Travel Grants, Global Oregon Graduate Research Awards, College of Arts and Sciences Awards, and many more.

Awards offered by the Department of International Studies
(for International Studies graduate students only)

The Department of International Studies offers awards to support graduate student professional development, e.g., research related activities, presentations at conferences, or other enrichment opportunities.

George & Conni Slape Fellowship
This fellowship is awarded competitively twice a year to support graduate student international research and/or internship activities. Slape Fellowships are designed to support international research and/or internship related travel expenses up to $1000. Applicants must thoughtfully integrate into their application the academic literature on their topic and clearly detail their research methods and research plan.

Past George & Conni Slape Fellowship Award Winners

  • Deborah Sharp Fall 2009 “Responsibility, Participation, and Social Engagement: Women’s capacity‐building programs in Johannesburg, South Africa”
  • Paula Sue Grimes Spring 2010 “HIV AIDS in Zimbabwe: How are women with disabilities responding to the AIDS crisis in their communities?”
  • Genevieve Beecher Fall 2010 “Second Language Education in China (Heritage Learners)”
  • Laura Massengale Spring 2011 “Gendered Identities and Associational Life among the Peul in Paris”
  • Kate Faris Spring 2012 “Imagining an Alternative Life: Youth Workers and the Creative Arts in Bogotá, Colombia”
  • Elizabeth Miskell Spring 2012 “Research in Mexico”
  • Sara Clark, Fall 2012 “Host Mother Perspectives from Costa Rica: Cultural Exchange & Women’s Empowerment” (Summer 2013)
  • Amy Price Spring 2013 “Research into the Cut Flower Industry in Colombia” Summer 2013
  • Divya Bajaj Fall 2013 “Minding the Gap: Implementing Global Educational Policies on a Local Level”
  • Tariq Rahman Fall 2013 “Being Modern in Bhakkar: A Gated Community in Rural Pakistan”
  • Najla Sabri, Spring 2014 “Female Entrepreneurship in the Formal Economy of Afghanistan”
  • Nicole Kessell, Spring 2015 “Migration, Identity, and the Spatiality of Social Interactions in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman”
  • Ritendra Thapa Magar, Spring 2015 “Socio-economic Impact of Gravity-Goods Ropeways in Nepal”
  • Sigride Asseko, Spring 2016 “How Gabon’s Local Seasonal Variations Affect Air Pollution and Respiratory Diseases”
  • Sugam Singh, “National Network of Families of Disappeared and Missing Nepal” and “Forum for Protection of Public Interest (Pro Public)” on transitional justice issues in Nepal.
  • Caitlyn O’Quinn, “Costa Rica Cooperatives: Challenging Neoliberalism, Building Democracy?”
  • Farah Samti, Spring 2017 “Post-Uprising Tunisia: Body and Gender Politics in Protesting State Oppression”
  • Joze Moreno Pelayo, Spring 2017 “Prevention Bridges”
  • Michelle Nikfarjam, Spring 2018, “Sowing Dharma: Seed Sovereignty, Community Resilience, and Agricultural Development in Northern India”
  • Maria Pomés Lorencés, Spring 2018, “Indigenous Identity in Lowland Bolivia”
  • Alyssa Sperry, Fall 2018, “Culture and Consumption of Salt on the Island of Jamaica”
  • Alex Camacho, Spring 2019, “Conservation Efforts of World Wildlife Fund in Context with Bolivia’s Social, Economic and Political Relation to Countries Rich in Biological and Cultural Diversity”
  • Nino Dgebuadze, Spring 2019, “The Gendered Impacts of Migration on Refugee Women’s Well-being in Greece”
  • Dayna Hansberger, Spring 2019, “Exploring how Human-Centered Design Affects Sanitation Access and Household Latrine Satisfaction: A Case Study in Wolaita, Ethiopia”
  • Lina Lechlech, Spring 2019, “The Performance of Sexual Offences Courts (SOCs) in South Africa Through the Lens of Survivors”
  • Ellen Ziesenhene, Fall 2019, “Food Security in a Cultural Setting: Subsistence Food Production”

Thurber Awards
Thurber Awards, funded by the estate of the late Professor Clancy Thurber (a founder of our program), are a key resource for professional development expenses.

Thurber Awards are allocated on a non-competitive basis. Each graduate student in the program has access to the amount that was promised at the time they began the International Studies master’s program. Students must submit a statement explaining how the funds will be used for their professional development. This support is made available through Thurber funds with qualifying documentation (previous Thurber awards will be counted towards this amount).

In order to access these funds, students must use the Online Application Form to apply for Thurber monies, including signed approval from their advisor. Send the completed form to the graduate coordinator, and submit official receipts/documentation to the accounting technician, in regard to the use of funds. Please note that original receipts are required for reimbursement.