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

Learn more about student grants available through CUGS below. All grants are open to Trinity College undergraduate students.

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.


Projects for Peace

Projects for Peace grants allow students to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they implement anywhere in the world during the summer. Through a competition on more than 90 campuses, 100+ projects are selected for funding at $10,000 each. Applications for 2023 will be available in November 2022 and due in late January 2023.


Summer Research Grants

Summer research grants through CUGS offer students the opportunity to independently explore urban and global issues. The summer research funds include the Grossman, Tanaka, Kelter, and China Urban Studies Fund.


Rosemary and Stan Marcuss '63 Fellowship in Urban Studies

The Rosemary and Stan Marcuss ’63 Fellowships provide opportunities for students interested in advancing inquiry into and research related to issues faced by urban communities. The funded research will culminate in senior honors theses by the selected students and the submission of articles written by them for publication in relevant scholarly journals. Each year, the Marcuss Fellowships provide stipends of $4,000 each to two students and stipends of $2,000 each to the faculty mentors who agree supervise the Fellows’ research. Students apply during the spring of their junior year.


J-Term Grants 2022

CUGS is offering 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. The application deadline is December 1, 2021. J-term 2023 information will be posted in fall 2022.


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 2022 is April 18th. Please send your thesis to Gabby Nelson,, 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.


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. 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.