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.


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 Grants are closed for the 2018-19 academic year, and will re-open in August 2019.

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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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