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. Note: As a result of the number of awards given out in Fall 2018, the Kinder Institute will not be accepting applications in March 2019.

Grants of up to $3,500 are available to support research-related expenses, including archival work, research assistance, library purchases, and data collection, and grants of $500 are available to offset the cost of conference travel. Due to limited resources, and to the highly competitive nature of the applicant pool, we are not able to accept or fully fund all proposals.