NEWS | AWARDS
MIT Political Science Student Awards
Amanda Rothschild awarded the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies.This fellowship, created by Lady Bird Johnson to support scholarship in presidential studies and to honor Harry Middleton, is awarded to up to two scholars annually whose research highlights how history can inform current and future policy issues.
Yiqing Xu awarded the 2014 Society for Political Methodology’s John T. Williams Dissertation Prize. According to the Prize Committee, Yiqing’s dissertation’s "main methodological contribution" is “the development of a new method for causal inference in time-series cross-sectional data, which he refers to as the ‘Generalized Synthetic Control Method.’”
Halide Bey (’15 Biology; Political Science), John W. Halloran, Jr. (’15 Political Science) & Sofia Essayan-Perez (’15 Brain and Cognitive sciences; minor, applied international studies) named 2014 Burchard Scholars
Noel Anderson, Mark Bell, Alec Worsnop, and Brian Haggerty awarded the Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship for 2014. Awards are granted to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of fieldwork, archival research, and language training, with preference to those projects that could direclty inform U.S. policy debates and thinking.
Ben Armstrong, Elizabeth Dekeyser and Nina McMurray each received Honorable Mentions from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The NSF received over 14,000 applications and offered only 2,000 awards (including Honorable Mentions).
Joseph Torigian- Awarded an Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program fellowship, applied to research in Russia using the Soviet archives.
Ben Morse- The International Growth Centre funded his proposal, with co-PIs Robert Blair (Yale University, Phd Candidate, Political Science) and Sabrina Karim (Emory University, Phd Candidate, Political Science), to run a research project on Security Sector Reform in Liberia to begin in summer 2014.
Erica Dobbs- Mellon/ACLS writing grant
Dean Knox- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Laura Chirot- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Amanda Rothschild- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
Jeremy Ferwerda- awarded SSRC IDRF, Krupp Fellowship
Joshua Shifrinson- Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs (GWU), Truman Library research grant, a Tobin Project Nat'l Security Fellowship, and an O'donnell research grant from the Scowcroft Institute.
Sameer Lalwani- Smith Richardson Fellowship
Keren Fraiman- awarded USIP Peace Scholar Award and a Schusterman Israel Scholar Award
Greg Distelhorst- awarded 2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant - Political Science Program
Timea Pal- Graduate Dissertation Research Fellowships from the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
David Weinberg- George C. Marshall Foundation / Baruch Fund for excellence in US diplomacy or military history
Keren Fraiman- Schusterman Israel Scholars Award and a United Stated Institute of Peace Fellowship
Miranda Priebe- Smith Richardson award
Tobias Harris- awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for field research
Josh Shifrinson- 2011-2012 awarded a research fellowship with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs & a Woodrow Wilson Center Title VIII Research Grant; Tobin Project National Security Fellowship
Nathan Black- 2011-2012 awarded a research fellowship with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship; Tobin Project National Security Fellowship
Peter Krause- 2011-2012 awarded a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University to be a Junior Research Fellow
Peter Swartz- awarded research funding from Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business: Initiative on China and Global Governance for the proposal: "Making Markets both at Home and Abroad: The Evolution of China's Futures Exchange for Copper".
Samantha Kacos- State Department Critical Language Scholarship this summer for study of Persian/Farsi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Joseph Adams- State Department Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic, and am a finalist for the Fulbright (Syria).