Grossman Global Studies Fund

The Kenneth S. Grossman ’78 Global Studies Fund, established in honor of Professor Eugene E. Leach, supports student investigations of global issues that confront humankind in the 21st century.  Examples of such issues include human rights, peacekeeping, the preservation of the ecosphere, migrations and diasporas, international health standards, and the consequences of revolutionary advances in information technology and bioengineering.

Grossman Research Grants for Global Studies

All students undertaking investigations in global issues for a Trinity course or under the supervision of a Trinity faculty member are eligible to apply for grants from the Grossman Fund to attend conferences, visit libraries, conduct fieldwork, or offset other research-related expenses. 

A faculty committee meets each year in April to evaluate applications and to determine the amount of grants.  The maximum grant, ordinarily, will not exceed $1,000.

Students awarded grants are expected to make use of their funding by September of the following year, or, in the case of seniors, by graduation, and to submit a report to the Center for Urban and Global Studies describing the activities made possible by the grant.


Please note that the Grossman Research Grants for Global Studies will not be be accepting applications during the Spring 2015 semester. 

The Grossman Senior Research Prize for Global Studies

The Grossman Fund also supports an annual prize competition for theses or senior research projects dealing with global issues.  Eligible work includes theses or other projects based on original research undertaken for a Trinity course, or under the supervision of a Trinity faculty member in a student's senior year.

Nominations of eligible work must be received from the supervising faculty member each year in April. 

  •   First prize will carry a cash award of $400, and second prize an award of $100.

  •   Prizes and certificates will be awarded on Honors Day.

The review committee for both the research grant and senior research prize is chaired by Professor Sean Cocco and includes Professor Sonia Cardenas and Dean Xiangming Chen.

Submissions of Entries

The 2015 application deadline for the Grossman Senior Research Prize for Global Studies is Monday, April 13, 2015.

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners of the Grossman Prize

First Prize:  Gaurav Inder S. Toor '14:  "The Temporal Challenge of Civil War Recurrence"

Second Prize:  David S. Sipprelle '14:  "The South American Postcolonial Puzzle:  Assessing State Strength in Bolivia and Chile"

Past Winners of the Grossman Prize


All questions regarding Grossman Research Grants or the Grossman Prize competition should be directed to Rashana Lord.