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Global PhD Research Grants

Men working at sunset on Mekong in Prey Veng, Cambodia.

Conduct your international field research with a $10,000 award to support fieldwork expenses.

The Einaudi Center’s Amit Bhatia ’01 Global PhD Research Grants fund international fieldwork to help Cornell students complete their dissertations. Through a generous gift from Amit Bhatia, this grant opportunity annually supports at least six PhD students who have passed the A exam. Recipients hold the title of Amit Bhatia ’01 Global PhD Research Scholars. Meet the 2021–22 scholars.

All disciplines and research topics are welcome. Please indicate in your application if your project aligns with one of the Einaudi Center's global research priorities or one of our regional and thematic programs.


Cornell graduate students who have passed the A exam and been admitted to candidacy are eligible to apply. International fieldwork must be a critical component of your dissertation research. You must commit to travel abroad to conduct fieldwork for 9–12 months.

This grant does not provide tuition credit and requires students to be in absentia. A report is required upon completion.


$10,000, to be used before the sixth PhD year. The award can cover the following expenses:

  • International travel (economy airfare, visa fees)
  • Domestic travel within the fieldwork country
  • Accommodation and living expenses
  • Research expenses (permits, translation costs, internet, archive access, survey costs, lab fees, etc.)

We encourage you to apply for other Cornell grants and external grants to complement this award, but please note that you are not eligible to apply for Einaudi’s travel grants. If you have already received a travel grant and wish to apply for a Global PhD Research Grant, you may return your travel grant if you receive this award.

Please note that you may only bill for a research expense once. If an expense is already covered by this award or a Graduate School research travel grant (currently suspended), you may not use other Cornell or external grants to pay the same expense.

International Travel Approval

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, awards for international travel will be made contingent on travel approval. The current travel policy prohibits international travel unless approved by the International Travel Advisory & Response Team (ITART).

To receive the award, selected students must follow the university’s guidelines to petition for permission to travel internationally, to be submitted no earlier than six weeks and at least two weeks before the scheduled travel. In addition, students must participate in a short, online international travel predeparture orientation course in order to receive travel approval.

Please be aware that regardless of your destination, approval may be withdrawn if there is a change in the risk level of your destination or if we find you violate any contingencies of approval given. In such instances, you will be required to refund the award. 

How to Apply

Applications are currently closed.

Please order your official electronic transcript through the Office of the Registrar (see below); do not send your transcript directly. In the application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Official electronic transcript (send to
  2. Abstract of your dissertation project (maximum 150 words)
  3. Introduction to your dissertation project (maximum 400 words)
  4. Statement explaining the contribution of your research to existing literature and its relevance to advancing the human condition, planetary sustainability, or other impacts (maximum 400 words)
  5. Statement about publications that have most significantly informed your research (maximum 100 words)
  6. Statement explaining your plans for international field research (maximum 600 words)
  7. International field research budget information
  8. NetID email address of your recommender (your graduate thesis advisor)


Please contact Priyanka Chakravarty ( if you have questions about the program or your application.


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