Graduate Programs

Graduate students represent both the future of higher education and the emerging research leaders in their fields. To promote and sustain the study of American constitutional democracy not only at the University of Missouri but on campuses around the globe, the Kinder Institute has a number of programs in place to support the scholarly work and professional development of talented graduate students in the Departments of History and Political Science.

M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics

The Kinder Institute invites applications for its one-year M.A. in Atlantic History and Politics, which examines the connections and conflicts among the diverse peoples of the Atlantic basin, including the Americas, Africa, and Europe. The course covers a broad sweep of time, from the dawn of European empires through the age of revolutions and the more recent “American century.” The program situates the development of modern nation-states, including the United States, in relation to the broader exchange of ideas, goods, and power across the Atlantic world. Review of applications for the M.A. program, which kicks off with a four-week term at University of Oxford in July, will begin on January 10, 2020.

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Ph.D. and M.A. Fellowships

The Institute seeks to establish a thriving community of graduate researchers in history and political science whose work transcends disciplinary boundaries in advancing the study of American political thought, history, and institutions, with particular focus on the ideas and events of the American founding, and their continued impact and relevance to both domestic and global politics. To support this endeavor, we offer graduate fellowships for incoming M.A. and Ph.D. candidates, as well as current doctoral students in the MU Departments of History and Political Science.

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Research & Travel Grants

As a way to advance scholarship on American political thought and history, the Kinder Institute sponsors a program of research and travel grants for members of the MU academic community whose work focuses on the philosophical foundations and historical origins of the nation’s constitutional and democratic traditions, as well as the evolution, application, and reinterpretation of these traditions in later periods and around the globe. Faculty and graduate students from across all departments at the university are eligible to apply for Kinder Institute research and travel grants, which are traditionally awarded twice per academic year, in October and March, funds permitting.

The Fall 2019 deadline for faculty and graduate students to apply for a Research & Travel grant through the Kinder Institute is October 19, 2019. Application instructions and additional details can be found in the link below.

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Seminars & Conferences

In addition to graduate coursework, the Kinder Institute offers M.A. and Ph.D. candidates with myriad opportunities to share research with leading faculty in their fields and to start building interdisciplinary professional networks, including through presentations at Kinder Institute-sponsored conferences and seminars. Graduate students will also occasionally have opportunities to apply for funded conference organization assistantships.

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