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 during Summer 2019. 

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

Students awarded grants are expected to make use of their funding during the summer after receiving the grant and to present a public lecture at the Global Vantage Point Lecture Series during the subsequent academic year.

Click here for the summer 2020 application, due to by March 1, 2020.

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 by April 2020.   (Specific date to be announced later.)

A faculty committee meets each year in April to evaluate applications and to determine the winners.

  • First prize will carry a cash award of $400
  • Second prize will carry a cash award of $100
  • Prizes and certificates will be awarded on Honors Day

Congratulations to Past Winners of the Grossman Prize

Nikola Kostic '19 received first prize for his thesis "Go West and also Go Global: An Analysis of China's Double Turn and Convergence at the Dawn of the 21st Century"


Chinmay Rayarikar '17 received first prize for his  theis, " Rwanda: Development towards Authoritarianism?"

Austen Peterson '17 received second prize for his thesis, " Exporting Strategies for Urban Livability:  Examining Copenhagen, Denmark as a Model City for Quality of Life Generated through Urban Design"


Ivan Su '16 received first prize for his thesis, "The Emergence and Shift of the 'Chocolate City':  The Socio-spatial Dimensions of the African Community in Southern China and its Implications"
Simona Fried '16 received second prize for her thesis, "Can Neighborhood Change Theory Explain the Changes of Woodstock, Cape Town?"
Elliot Barron '15 received first prize for his senior thesis, "The New York Times' and the London Times' Effect on Establishing Neoliberalism in the Early to Mid-1980s".
Nicole Elena Muto-Graves '15 received second prize for her senior thesis, "Trinidadian Musical Influence in Hartford"



All questions regarding Grossman Research Grants or the Grossman Prize should be directed to , Program Coordinator, Center for Urban and Global Studies.