Carnegie Mellon University
Gabrielle Rickstrew

Research & Scholarships


The interdisciplinary nature of the Global Studies major, combined with the university’s focus on undergraduate research, allows for interesting and innovative research opportunities for Global Studies students.  Students should seek out faculty whose research interests inspire their own. Many Global Studies students pursue a year-long research experience as part of the Dietrich College Senior Honors Thesis Program. 

Dietrich College undergraduate students are actively engaged in groundbreaking research. Global Studies offer a myriad of research opportunities for students, beginning as early as the first-year.  Faculty in the major are eager to work with students to develop and pursue their research goals. Learn more about the meaningful ways to get involved with research through the students profiled in the Research Profiler (.pdf).

The Undergraduate Research Office supports student research by awarding SURG grants to cover research expenses, Summer Fellowships for full-time summer research, and Presentation Awards to support students presenting at academic conferences. In May of each year, the URO holds a campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research called the Meeting of the Minds. The URO will also assist students with writing proposals, finding advisors, and applying to academic conferences.


Global Studies students are strong candidates for many national and prestigious scholarships. The combination of advanced second language skills, an interest in interpreting the complex and shifting relationships among diverse groups of people, and a sense of responsibility as “citizens of the world” make many scholarships particularly relevant to Global Studies students.

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program provides an unparalleled opportunity to teach, study and conduct research in 150 countries worldwide in order to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State sponsors the Fulbright Program. The following Global Studies alumni have been selected as Fulbright Scholars:

  • Melanie Diaz, Global Studies '17: 2017-2018 Fulbright to Spain
  • Kayla Lee, Global Studies '17: 2017-2018 Fulbright to Ecuador
  • Juan Acosta, Global Studies '15: 2016 Fulbright to Brazil
  • Alexandria Hernandez, Global Studies '15: 2015-2016 Fulbright to India
  • Erin Kiekhaefer, Global Studies '15: 2015-2016 Fulbright to Mexico
  • Rachel Kuhn, Global Studies '14: 2014-2015 Fulbright to Germany
  • Gabriella Rueda, Global Studies '13: 2015 Fulbright to Brazil
  • Christian Aponte, Global Studies '13: 2014 Fulbright to Brazil

The Fellowship & Scholarship Office assists undergraduate students in fulfilling their intellectual and professional goals by pursuing nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships The FSO promotes awareness of external scholarship and fellowship opportunities, and provides advice and support to students who apply for these awards.

Scholarships and fellowships to consider include:

Scholarship/Fellowship Eligibility Purpose Country
Beinecke Scholarship

- US citizenship
- Junior
- Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during undergraduate years

To encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

United States
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace -Senior Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates for a 1-year fellowship United States
Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress -Undergraduate or graduate student Non-residential fellowship. Presidential Fellows visit Washington, DC, twice a year to attend conferences focused on American government and  international affairs. United States
Critical Language Scholarship -U.S. citizens
-Undergraduates or graduate students
7 to 10 weeks of funding for intensive summer language instruction in 13 critical need foreign languages Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey
DAAD -Undergraduate and graduate students
-U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Foreign nationals are eligible if full-time students at a U.S.or Canadian university
Funding for 4-10 months of study, thesis research, or an internship for students in any academic field Germany

-U.S. citizens
-Graduating seniors, grad students, recent alumni

To study, conduct research, or teach English Worldwide
Gates Cambridge -Citizens of any country outside of the U.K. 1-4 years of graduate study at Cambridge University United Kingdom
Benjamin Gilman -Undergraduates
-Must be recipient of Federal Pell Grant
To provide funding for study abroad Preferably countries outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
Humanity in Action -Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates To establish leaders committed to protecting minorities and promoting human rights Denmark, Germany, France, Poland, The Netherlands
Luce Scholars Program -U.S. citizenship
-Graduating senior
-Less than 30 years old
-No prior experience in Asia
To live and work for a year in a professional placement Asia
Marshall Scholarship

-U.S. Citizenship

-Graduating Senior
-Minimum QPA: 3.7

To support two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom, in any discipline United Kingdom
NSEP Boren -U.S. citizens
-Undergraduate and graduate students
To provide funding for study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests Countries outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

-U.S. citizens
-Juniors at the time of application
-Minimum QPA: 3.2

To provide funding for senior year of college and graduate school. To provide two paid internships (one domestic, one overseas). Must serve three years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer following scholarship program. United States
Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) -U.S. citizen or permanent resident
-International applicants pursuing a bachelor's degree in the U.S.
-Sophomore or Junior
-Committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
-Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives
To provide student training and financial support for graduate school United States
Rhodes Scholarship -U.S. citizenship
-Seniors and graduate students
To support study at Oxford University at the graduate level United Kingdom
Rotary -Citizenship of a country where Rotary is present
-Undergraduate and graduate students (must have completed at least two years of university coursework prior to beginning scholarship studies)
Funding for 3-month, 6-month, 1-year, and 2-year Worldwide (any country with a Rotary Club)

-U.S. citizens

To pursue graduate studies in the public sector United States or foreign country

-U.S. citiens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent resident
-Sophomores and juniors

To support studies in the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care United States