Graduate Conference & Training Grants

Opened: October 15, 2019
Closes: November 15, 2019

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration (CSERI) will offer limited support for graduate conference travel and methods training undertaken in the 2019-2020 academic year and over the summer of 2020. A second call for applications will take place during the Spring semester.

Students may receive grants of up to $500 for expenses. All full-time Penn graduate students enrolled in any school whose research focuses on social science approaches to race, ethnicity, or immigration in the United States or in other countries are eligible to apply. CSERI research support may be combined with funding from other programs. However, if a student has already received a CSERI grant for conference travel or training, they must wait a year to apply again. 

Examples of conference and training-related activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel to conferences, only if presenting a conference poster or paper.
  • Costs associated with methods training courses over the summer.

The application packet for conference travel and methods training must include:

  • For a conference: An abstract for the conference paper, a notice of the conference
    acceptance, and receipts.
  • For summer training: A notice of the workshop acceptance, and receipts.
  • An itemized budget and brief budget narrative describing expenses.
  • The applicant’s CV.
  • A reference letter from the applicant’s graduate advisor indicating their approval of and support for the applicant’s research plans. Submit the advisor’s letter separately to CSERI Administrator Anne Kalbach at

Applications should be submitted via Interfolio:

Partnership with Latin American and Latino Studies: Students conducting projects in the social sciences on race, ethnicity and immigration in Latin America and/or Latino politics in the United States can also apply and receive additional advisory support from the Latin America and Latino Studies program. For specific information, contact the LALS program at

Students are also encouraged to seek funding in conjunction with Africana Studies, Political Science, Sociology and other social science units at Penn.

For further information, contact Anne Kalbach, CSERI Administrator, at