Opportunities in Political Science
Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships
Majors in political science are eligible to compete for a variety of national awards. The Grinnell College Office of Social Commitment provides up-to-date information about the scholarships and fellowships and, in some cases, has a role in administering the application process. The following opportunities have been especially attractive to political science majors: Carnegie Junior Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Harry Truman Scholarship, and Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.
Kathryn Mohrman Fellowship
This fellowship, established through the generosity of Kathryn Jagow Mohrman '67, supports advanced student research or special projects receiving academic credit within the Departments of History or Political Science. The Fellowship encourages students to examine phenomena that they have not earlier confronted, and it encourages and rewards independent study. Although only applications for research on history or political science topics will be considered, students need not be majors in either of the two fields to apply. When possible, preference will go to research projects that take the student outside the U.S. A student's financial need may be then taken into account in deciding whom to fund in any given year. Often the Mohrman fellowship has supported a MAP project, but this is not a requirement. Final decision regarding the award will be made by spring break.
Students should apply to one of the two departments by March 1 at 5:00 p.m. A completed application will include the following elements:
- a plan of study (three pages) describing the major academic goal and research agenda, the project time frame, the resources to be used in completing the project, along with evidence that the student will have access to these resources;
- a statement of support and cooperation from a faculty sponsor in the Department of History or the Department of Political Science who will supervise the project; the faculty member should specify his or her interest in the project and speak to the quality and feasibility of the proposal;
- a budget, including travel and per diem costs
- the names of at least two other faculty members who can attest to the applicant's seriousness of purpose, ability to complete an independent project, and the extent to which this project will build on the applicant's previous academic work.
- a transcript
For more information, please contact the Political Science Department Chair, Barbara Trish.
Activities and Organizations
Each spring, the SEPC hosts a picnic to allow faculty members and students to socialize outside of the classroom.
Student Research Assistants
Faculty members regularly hire student research assistants. Interested students should contact the Political Science Department Chair, Barbara Trish.
The department hires a student secretary to assist faculty on teaching-related tasks. Interested students should contact the Political Science Department Chair, Barbara Trish.
The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.