Graduate Programs

Graduate students represent both the future of higher education and the emerging leaders of research 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 nation, 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.


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.Research & Travel Grant applications are closed for the 2016-17 academic year. They will reopen in September, with a Fall 2017 deadline of Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

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The Institute seeks to establish a thriving community of post-graduate researchers in history and political science whose work transcends disciplinary boundaries in advancing the study of American political thought, history, and institutions, broadly defined to include both the origins of America’s constitutional and democratic traditions, and their application and reinterpretation in later periods and around the world. 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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