The Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship for International Studies


The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation of Kansas City welcomes nominations for its “Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship for International Studies.” The scholarship, supported by the Foundation and Graduate School matching funds, consists of a $10,000 award for graduate study or research abroad during the 2020-21 academic year. Only one award is available this competition.

As defined by the Foundation, the awardee should be studying such disciplines as international relations, political science, diplomacy, or related fields.  Each eligible department or program may nominate no more than two students. Final selection of the nominees will be made by the Graduate Research Steering Committee; we will then notify the nominee, the nominee’s department, and the Foundation.

Once the award has been confirmed by the Foundation, the awardee may use the funds for travel as early as the summer of 2020; travel must be initiated no later than May 2021. This broad time period for use of the awards means that two-year master’s programs may nominate students to use the award for internships or other summer study-abroad opportunities between their first and second years. If the Foundation follows its practice of past years, payment of the award will be available at the beginning of summer 2020.

Nomination Process:  Each graduate program is allowed up to two nominations. Required materials to be submitted as one PDF document include:

  1. A three to five page statement, double-spaced from the student describing the foreign study that the award would support, the proposed study plan and methodology, and the award’s importance to the student’s research project and degree completion. 
  2. A signed “Statement of Permission” from the student granting the Graduate School the authority to submit an official transcript to the Foundation. We will obtain the transcript directly from the Registrar only for the nominated student.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, one from the student’s adviser, the other from either the director of graduate studies or the department or program chair. 
  4. Additional Requirement for Non U.S. Citizens:  Non-U.S. citizens are eligible, but nominees who are not U.S. citizens must also state in writing their intention to return to their home country after conclusion of their formal studies in the United States.

Nominations should be uploaded to Box by the Director of Graduate Studies or designee.

Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:00pm

2020-21 Recipient of the Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs 

Jonas Heering is a first-year master’s student in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies program. His project, which will form the basis for his Master’s capstone, will consist of independent research on the impact of foreign electoral interference on democratic processes in the European Union, focusing particularly on interference operations conducted by Russia. His research has the potential to contribute to our understanding of how democracies can shield their democratic institutions and processes from foreign electoral interference.

2019-20 Recipient of the Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs 

Jessica Spanswick, a student in the M.A. in Latin American Studies Program, is the recipient of The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation’s 2019-20 Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs. Her research project examines public opinion on democracy, specifically that of Venezuelan migrants living in the border city of Cucuta, Colombia, along the 1,400 mile-long border with Venezuela. Once completed, her research has the potential to contribute to our understanding of migrants/refugees and their perceptions on democracy; the challenges they face in leaving their homes and acclimating to a new social and physical environment; and the humanitarian demands placed on countries like Colombia who accept refugees.