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The Cosmos Scholars Grant Program, supported by the Cosmos Club Foundation, provides grants of up to $5,000 to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds, including but not limited to special supplies, travel, unanticipated expenses that would enhance the work, etc.

Applicants must be enrolled, on a full-time or part-time basis, in a program leading to a graduate degree (masters or doctoral).

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A Testimonial

Claire Li

The financial support will enable me to conduct the experiments I proposed and […] I have become more confident in writing about my research, more engaged in thinking, planning, and modifying my project and braver in practice to form research ideas.

How to Apply Anchor

How to Apply

This grant does not require institutional endorsement; students should apply directly via the Foundation’s website.

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Georgetown Recipients and Research Topics Anchor

Georgetown Recipients and Research Topics


  • Amelia Espinosa – Tropical Destinations or Hazardous Homes?: A Study of Socio- Economic Integration of Migrant Populations in Panama and Costa Rica
  • Armen Manul-Khaloyan – Perfecting the Imperial Modern: Ottoman Armenians at the Twilight of Empire, 1900-1914
  • Erica Lally – Spying on Neighbors, Shaping the State: The American Protective League, 1917-1920
  • Henry C. Stevens – Project Redstart: A full annual cycle approach to studying migratory birds
  • Joyce Woo – Coordinating Midbrain Inhibitory Circuits during Reward Learning, Henry H. Work Meritorious Award in Science
  • Katie S. Hummel – Somatic Therapies for Memory Improvement: Gamma Entrainment and the Aging Brain
  • Martina V. Thorne – The Birth of Ornithology and the Production of Science in the New World: A New System to Navigate Through the Air Taken From the Observation of Birds (ca. 1760s), Joan Ridder Challinor Meritorious Award for Overall Excellence
  • Natalie Donnell – Anne de Croÿ and Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia: Borderlands Networks in the Early Seventeenth Century
  • Tianna L. Mobley – Legal Personalities of Early Modern Afro-Colombians in the Spanish Atlantic
  • Tyler M. Rippel – How Does Sea Level Rise and Habitat Fragmentation Impact the Biotic Communities and Carbon Cycling of a Foundation Plant Species?, Max and Vera Britton Meritorious Award in Environmental Science


  • Victoria R. Broadus – Deciphering “Vissungos” in Diamantina, Brazil
  • Yuan Gao – White Gold in the Oases: Cotton, Economy, and Environment on China and Russia’s Eurasian frontier, 1877- 1917
  • Shican Li – How a Flagellated Pathogen Survives in the Viscoelastic Host Mucus
  • Dylan A. Proctor – Livestock and Dead Meat: Africa in the Global Dissemination of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus, XIX-XX Centuries
  • Nicole Y. Wagner – Exploring the Depths of Antarctic Lake Untersee


  • Elisha Henry – When Lubianka Speaks: The KGB, Information, and the Press, 1954-1969
  • Ellen R. Jacobs – Anthropogenic Noise and Urban River Dolphins
  • Zachary F. Karabatak – Governing the Militia: Insurgent Command and Control in the Levant
  • Emma C. Moesswilde – Climates of Change: British Agriculture and the Little Ice Age in the Eighteenth Century


  • Arifa S. Ahsan – Does 3-Dimensional Genome Organization hold the key to Regeneration?
  • Victoria R. Broadus – Inter-American Musical Nationalism and Popular Understandings of Race and Nation: Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo’s Brazilian Field Recording Sessions (1942-’44)
  • Jakob Burnham – Friendly Rivalry and Competitive Collaboration: Anglo-French Socialization in Early Colonial South Asia
  • Sara E. Fischer – Governing Health: Local Health Sector Workers as Political Actors in Malawi
  • Charles P. Hinzman –Metabolomic Characterization of Extracellular Vesicles: Changing the Way We Think About Tumorigenesis in Pancreatic Cancer
  • Sukhwan Kang – “Abominable Heretics Living on My Doorstep”: Religious Tolerance and Coexistence at the Languedoc-Provence Frontier between Protestant Nîmes and Catholic Arles in Seventeenth- Century France
  • Thomas R. Lloyd – The Soviet Union, international organizations, and the development of African higher education, 1956-1976.
  • Andrew T. Marshall – Language and the Nation in East Africa: Field Experimental Extension
  • Trishula Patel- Indians in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe: A History of Colonialism, Identity, and Race
  • Cory J. Young- For Life or Otherwise: Abolition and Slavery in South Central Pennsylvania


  • Parviz L. Bozzelli – Protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR-1) signaling as a potential therapeutic target in neuro-HIV infection
  • Jacob S. Dingman – The Unknown Country:’ Western Travelers and the Construction of Tibet, 1860-1910
  • Thomas P. Foley – Fossil-Fueled Democracy: Energy, Ecology, and Politics in Pennsylvania, 1830-1880
  • Madison V. Schramm – Patterns of Threat Perception: Democratic Foreign Policy Decision-Making in the Suez Crisis and First Gulf War
  • Mariia Telegina – Practices of Sovereignty: Russia’s Diplomatic Encounters with Muslim Powers in the Seventeenth Century
  • James V. Torres – Economies in Transition: Markets, Money and Prices in the Northern Andes (1780-1860)


  • Zachary Batz – Latitudinal variation in amino acid metabolism during diapause in Aedes albopictus
  • Christopher DeLorenzo – Coca Substitution and Popular Response in the Yungas of La Paz, Bolivia, 1920-1988
  • Abigail Holekamp –Informing Revolutions: Transmissions of History and Production of Knowledge in Russia and France 1892-1932
  • Alex Macartney –Red Armies and the Global Revolution
  • Alexandra Stark –Logics of Intervention: the United States and Saudi Arabia in the North Yemen (YAR) Civil War, 1962-1970
  • Cory Young- South by North: Cotton Country Migrations during the Age of Gradual Abolition, 1780-1830


  • Chelsea Berry – Poisoned Relations: Medicine, Sorcery, and Poison Trials in the Greater Caribbean, 1690-1850
  • Gregory Brew – Mandarins, Paladins and Pahlavis: Anglo-American Modernization and the Dual Integration of Oil in Iran, 1925-1963
  • Kate Dannies – Harem to Homefront: Ottoman Women in World War I
  • Andrey Gornostaev – Peasants ‘on the Move’: Illegal Migration in Eighteenth-Century Russia
  • John Maurer- An Era of Negotiation: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, 1969-1972
  • Jackson Perry – Baron Ferdinand von Mueller’s Scientific Network of Eucalyptus Enthusiasts


  • Katy Hull – Despotism With a Dimple: American Sympathizers with Italian Fascism
  • Scott Miles – The neurocognition of learning a new musical system
  • Timothy Schmalz – Showcasing Race and Empire through Lebensborn and the SS-Kalender
  • Yue Shi – The Tacit Collaboration: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in the Central Asian Frontier of the Qing and Russia, 1860s-1910s
  • Jordan Smith – The Invention of Rum
  • Elizabeth Williams – Cultivating Empires: Environment, Expertise, and Scientific Agriculture in Late Ottoman and French Mandate Syria


  • Elena Abbott – Free Soil, Canada, and the Atlantic Geography of the American Slavery Debate
  • Joshua Brown-Clay – PDZ Domain-Binding Kinase in Prostate Cancer: A Novel Target to Prevent Metastases?
  • Oliver Horn – U.S. Aid Programs and the Creation of Contemporary Colombia
  • Graham Hough-Cornwell – Sweetening the Pot: A History of Taste and Tea in Morocco, 1860-1960
  • Adrienne Kates – Autonomous Mayas and International Capitalism in Mexico’s Chewing Gum Forests
  • Barry McCarron – The Chinese Must Not Come!’ Irish Immigrants, Chinese Exclusion, and US-China Relations
  • Pratha Sah – Effect of translocation on animal social networks, population robustness and disease vulnerability


  • James C Benton – Cut From a Bitter Cloth: The Global Consensus, Free Trade, and the Struggle to Save U.S. Textiles, 1933-1974
  • Michael A DeLuca – Corporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Malaria Control Program in the Mining Industry
  • Sonya B Dumanis – Glutamine- A Potential New Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease Risk
  • Eric T Gettig – Oil and Revolution in Cuba: International History and Latin American Connections’
  • Holly R Robertson – Peaceful Neighbors: Polish Muslims and Polish Jews Before, During, and After the Holocaust. A Message for Today?
  • Kaitlyn M Tagarelli – A neurocognitive investigation of the full course of second language learning
  • Yi-Jiun Tsai – Testing a critical assumption of sexual selection in a parasitoid wasp


  • Joel J. Credle – The Unfolding of Parkinson’s Diseases. Potential Novel Therapies Through Inhibition of the Unfolded Protein Response.
  • Samantha N. DeTillio – Discovering Charles J. Connick: Commission Contracts, Business Correspondence and Stained Glass Windows of Boston and New York
  • Isha Dube – Understanding the gas sensing mechanism in Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors
  • Walter P. (Trip) Glazer – Sentimental Social Practices: The Role of Emotion in Social Reasoning
  • Patricia M. Washington – Reversing ApoE Genotype-Specific Susceptibility to Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology after Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Alexis M. Zimberg – Proposal to Conduct Follow-Up Field Research in the Russian Federation During the 2012 Election


  • Paul K Adler – ‘Planetary Citizens’: U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations and the Struggle Over Globalization, 1963-1994
  • Mariya Amelicheva – Regional Administration of Russia’s Muslims, 18th c: Case Studies of the Crimean (Tauride) and Ufa governors, Grigorii Potemkin and Joseph Igelstrom
  • David T Buckley – Secular Evolution: Religion, State and Institutional Change in Ireland
  • Nicholas L Danforth- 100 Years of 1453: Ottoman Nostalgia and Identity in Republican Turkey
  • Patrick Forcelli – Optogenetic Control of Seizures
  • Onur Isci – Russo-Turkish Imperial Rivalry in the Caucasus, 1858-1878
  • Mark I Manzano – High-throughput screening for small molecule inhibitors of dengue virus protease
  • Graham A Pitts – Paradise Dried Up: An historical hydrogeography of Damascus
  • Yashar Saghai – In Search of a Welfare Criterion for Health Nudges
  • Larisa L Veloz – The Forgotten Migrants: Women and Migrant Families in California


  • Zachary J Foster – Explaining the Emergence of a Palestinian National Identity: The Role of Regional Inter-textuality
  • Emrah Safa Gurkan – Spanish information gathering in Constantinople in the 16th century
  • Toshihiro Higuchi – Nuclear Fallout, the Politics of Risk, and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis, 1945-1963
  • Joseph E Hower – AFSCME’s Politics in an Age of Backlash, 1968-1980
  • Anand Toprani – “Oil and Grand Strategy: Germany, Britain, and the United States, 1918-1945”
  • Lauren E Ullrich – Recognition memory in mild cognitive impairment
  • Patricia M Washington –A novel autoimmune response following traumatic brain injury


  • John Bowlus – The Cedar Lobby: Charles Malik and U.S. Policy in Lebanon, 1958-1976.
  • Anita Kondoyanidi –Maxim Gorky and the Russian Revolution
  • Elizabeth Nugent –More than Terrorism: Hezbollah in the context of Lebanon’s failed state


  • Rahul Ballal – Closing the Gap between Cancer and Aging: Telomerase and Tumor Supressor BRCA1
  • Megan Faller-Brandow – Adam and the New Eve: Gender, Art, and Creative Life Within the Vienna Moderns, 1890-1920
  • Shervin Malekzadeh – Ambiguous Spaces: Classrooms and the Politics of Schooling and Identity Formation in Postrevolutionary Iran


  • Samuel Harris – Amr Khaled’s Life Makers: An Ethnographic Study of a Contemporary Islamic Organization
  • Bjoern Hofmeister – Organized Pan-Germanism and Local Identity in Central Europe, 1914-1939
  • Deborah O’Donnell – Ecological Determinates of Vector Competence
  • Ceren Susut – Tuning the Electrocatalytic Activity of Platinum Nanoparticles via Shape and Size Control
  • Jennifer Urbanski – The identification of genes underlying photoperiodic diapause in the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus


  • Kelly L. Boeneman – Spatial Regulation of Chromosomal Replication
  • Megan M. Faller – Women and Gender in Vienna 1900
  • Meghan E. Giulino – Indigenous Protest in Ecuador: Toward a Comparative Framework
  • Irina A. Papkov – Is Orthodox Christianity Compatible with Democracy? Russia as a Test Case
  • Andrew Z. Robarts –Population Movements and Migration Policies in the Black Sea Region
  • Felicia Rosu – In the Name of Glory: Political Life in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania During the Reign of Stefan Bathory, 1571-1586


  • Sandra Leavitt – Between Security and Conflict: Government Policies Toward Muslim Minorities in Asia
  • Nadya J. Sbaiti – Schooling Gender and Citizenship in a Middle Eastern Society
  • Xenia V. Wilkinson – From Cornfields to Magical Resort Town: A History of Valle De Bravo, Mexico


  • Johanna Camara – Investigation of Abortive Replication in E. coli Mutants
  • Changbao Ma – Organic Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization
  • Felicia Rosu – King of Two Republics: Stefan Batory in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania
  • Sara Scalenghe – Concepts of Disability in a Non-Western Context


  • Charles Edward Kiamie, III – Borders and Identity Formation in the Arab World: The Case of Tunisia


  • David F. Soria Hernánz – Study of CpDNA Polymorphism in Corythophora rimosa


  • Michael R. Butkovich – Countering the Extremist Threat in the Former Soviet Union: A Comparative Study of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus
  • Eran Patrick Klein – History of medicine in the Irish School


  • Eric M. Hernandez – Sp3 Gene Transcription
  • Duncan McCourt – MAI Negotiations at the OECD
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