Travel grants take graduate students around the globe


Photo from Colombia by Camila Martinez.

Joseph Belkin will study the neurobiology of sexual competition among Australian fairy-wrens. Minqui Chai will look at opposition to Chinese investments in Southeast Asia. 

Ethan Denger will explore the relationship between mosquitoes and poverty in Colombia, while Guarev Inder Singh Toor will look at attempts to ease ethnic tensions in Kenya.

They are among 98 Cornell graduate and professional students who will travel to 47 countries over the next year with support from the Einaudi Center's International Travel Grant Program.

The grants provide travel money for students conducting short-term research or fieldwork or engaging in other academic activities outside the United States.

Many research topics deal with contemporary issues (climate change, urbanization, malnutrition) while others probe history, art, or music theory. 

For a complete list of the awardees, as well as brief descriptions of their projects, please click here

The 2017-18 grants range from $450 to $2,100, with an average award of just over $1,000. The leading destination is India, with 11, followed by China and Germany with six each.

Twelve of the countries – Bangladesh, Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Turkey – are under U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings. Students traveling to those countries will be provided with specific information on how to proceed per university policy.

All the recipients will be required to register with the Cornell University International Travel Registry, which provides information on insurance and registration with U.S. embassies abroad.

This year's travel grant applications were reviewed by eight Einaudi Center programs: the Southeast Asia Program, South Asia Program, East Asia Program, Latin American Studies Program, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Institute for African Development, Cornell Institute for European Studies, and Comparative Muslim Societies Program

Other reviewers were the Cornell Institute for Public AffairsGlobal Health Program, International Studies in Planning Program, and International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The travel grant program is supported by internationalization funds from the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.