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Political Science Undergraduate Research Award


Political Science Undergraduate Research Award (PSURA)

The Johns Hopkins University Department of Political Science and The Project on American Pluralism, with the generous support of the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation, invites applications for the Political Science Undergraduate Research Award (PSURA). The theme for this award is “Pluralism.” Pluralism is the idea that society is composed of a rich variety of values, beliefs, and opinions. A pluralistic political society recognizes, respects, and learns from religious, ethnic, and cultural differences. The PSURA will provide JHU undergraduates with up to $3000 to perform original research related to pluralism during the 2017–18 academic year.

This award can support projects focused on a wide range of topics related to pluralism. For example, students may propose research that explores:

  • Free speech on college campuses
  • Discrimination in Baltimore housing
  • “Sanctuary city” regulations and immigration enforcement
  • Religious liberty exemptions in the Affordable Care Act
  • The right of political protest in the workplace


  • All Johns Hopkins undergraduates are eligible to apply
  • Individuals or groups of students can apply
  • All projects require a Political Science faculty supervisor

Application Procedure:

Please submit a two- to three-page (singled spaced) proposal to Professor Adam Sheingate ( that addresses the following:

  • The topic to be explored and its relation to the theme of “Pluralism”
  • Name of faculty supervisor
  • Timeline for completion of the project
  • Expected outcome of the project (honors thesis, documentary video, etc.)
  • Itemized budget (travel expenses, etc.)

Proposals are due on October 31, 2017. Awards will be disbursed as soon as projects are approved.

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