CUGS administers student research and engagement grants each year that allow Trinity students to engage with the urban and global outside the classroom.

Questions about student grants can be sent to:

Gabby Nelson, Assistant Director of Urban Engaged Learning,

Need to present on your research or engagement project? See the presentation guide here. See the poster guide here.


J-Term Grants 2022

CUGS will offer two student research grants for J-term 2022. Students can apply for a research granted funded by CUGS for an urban and/or global research topic or for a grant funded by the China Urban Studies Summer Program Fund for an urban China focused topic.


Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer. Through a competition on more than 90 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.


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. The maximum grant ordinarily does not exceed $1,000. Student projects in recent years include: A study on lived experiences of Kurds in Turkey An inquiry into understanding women empowerment in the Caribbean A study on China's belt road initiative


Jeffrey E. Kelter '76 Fund for Urban and Global Studies

The Jeffrey E. Kelter ' 76 Fund for Urban and Global Studies at the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) supports student investigations of a broad range of key urban issues confronting humankind in the 21st century. Of special interest are projects related to real estate and urban planning. The maximum grant ordinarily does not exceed $1,000. Student projects in recent years include: An ethnographic study of the effects of industrial decline in Kolar, India


Tanaka Fund for International Research

In 2002 Trinity was awarded a generous grant by the Tanaka Memorial Foundation establishing an endowed fund to allow students to pursue formal research projects abroad, with a special focus on Asia, during the months of July and August through grants of up to $3,000. Student projects funded in recent years include: A study of ethnic Lhotshampa refugees in Nepal An exploration of the consequences of the One Child Policy in China A study of the treatment of orphans in North and South Korea An examination of women's roles in Japan and China through the lens of women's Olympic wrestling An investigation of the social and economic impact of emigration on Fuzhounese villages in China A first-hand study of the impact of large-scale transport infrastructure development leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics on subsequent commuting and residential life in Beijing, China


China Urban Studies Summer Program Fund

This grant provides an opportunity for independent summer research in China. This summer research program in Chinese cities has curricular connections to the new minor in Urban China Studies and its capstone field course (URST 313). Please note that grant funds are limited to $1,000 and grants do not include airfare to China. Students who will already be in China for the summer field course or other purposes are encouraged to apply. Past grant recipients include: A field study in the commodity market in the city of Yiwu, Zhejiang Province A field study of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor


Technos International Week

One faculty member and two students are invited for a two-week trip to Japan to participate in Technos International Week held in Tokyo every year in June. This year's trip will take place from June 14-27, 2020. Technos International Week is an event organized by Technos International College of Japan. Its goal is to promote international exchange and understanding between the international guests and the members of the host institution, as well as to offer the guest group the opportunity to experience and appreciate Japanese life and culture. Trinity College is one of 10 colleges and universities from around the world to participate.


Kelter and Grossman Thesis Awards

CUGS invites submissions for two thesis awards. These awards are given to students who complete excellent theses in urban and global studies and who submit their theses for consideration by the stated deadline. The deadline for theses submissions this year is April 15, 2021. Please send your thesis to Gabby Nelson,, by this date to be considered. The students chosen to win the award will receive $500 for first prize and $100 for second prize, along with recognition and a certificate on Honors Day. The Kelter Urban Studies Thesis Award is given to the student(s) who complete(s) the most outstanding thesis in urban studies. The Grossman Global Studies Thesis Award is given to the student(s) who complete(s) the most outstanding thesis in global studies.