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CIS Conference Funding

DEADLINE: January 31, 2023, for priority review; rolling deadline for remaining funds until May 1, 2023

CIS will fund a limited number of grants up to a maximum of $15,000 each for conferences related to international studies and/or comparative politics that will take place in academic year 2023–24. A proposal should include:

  • Scholarly objectives (150–200 words)
  • A list of possible participants and potential conference dates
  • Location of conference (CIS limits funding to $5,000 for conferences not held at USC)
  • Preliminary budget outlining travel, lodging, and honorarium needs for participants
  • Level of logistical support you are seeking from CIS staff (coordination of travel, lodging, venue, food, staffing of event, etc.); alternatively, indicate if you are obtaining logistical support from another academic unit or co-sponsor
  • Proposals should be submitted to CIS at

Guidelines for new proposals:

  • Funds must be used in academic year 2023–24 and are not eligible to roll over into the following academic year.
  • Funds must be used for the purposes stated in the proposal and cannot be reallocated to other projects or purposes.
  • All awardees must explicitly credit CIS with co-sponsorship.
  • All awardees must file a one-page report at the end of the project to summarize both the project and the ways in which the grant supported the project.


  • POIR tenured/tenure-track faculty; research emphasis on international affairs or comparative politics.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding or obtain co-sponsorship from other USC units. If no external application of funds or description accompanies the CIS application, please include justification.
  • Active commitment to the CIS community, such as frequent participation in CIS events and hosting events or scholars.
  • Scholars from USC units outside the Political Science and International Relations Department must designate a POIR faculty member (T/TT) as a co-convener.
  • Proposals should be brief in length (1–2 pages), with an itemized budget statement appended.

The Center for International Studies is committed to ensuring equity in its mission to support scholarship in international studies.

Click to download the “2023–24 Call for Conference Proposals“. Email with any questions.