Student Senior Honors Thesis Grants

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides grants from $100 up to $2,000 for undergraduate students writing Senior Honors Theses in the Social Sciences.

Grant Application Information

Applications must include:

  1. Cover Letter: A brief introductory letter that includes a i) project overview and ii) budget overview (1 page maximum).
  2. Research Proposal: A research proposal comprehensible to social science and public policy Faculty who are not experts in your specific field (4-6 pages, double spaced, with a 6-page maximum not including references).
  3. Detailed Budget: A detailed budget describing the i) research activities and ii) associated research costs to be potentially covered by the grant, as well as iii) any other sources from which you plan to request funding (1-3 pages, bullet points and lists along with descriptive text is fine).
  4. Advisor Letter of Support: A letter of support from your Honors Thesis Faculty Advisor, completed by the advisor at this link (1 page maximum).
  5. Biographical Statement: A biographical statement which, if your grant application is funded, may be published on the Rockefeller Center website or in the Center's Annual Report to stakeholders (1 paragraph, 150 word maximum).

Students apply here: Please submit grant applications at this link

Faculty advisors submit here: Please submit letters of support at this link

Funding levels:

  1. The Rockefeller Center will consider senior honors thesis grant applications for researching funding amounts of anywhere from $100 to $2,000.
  2. Depending on funding availability and the number of applications each cycle, some grant awards may be less than the total amount requested.

Grant application review:

  1. Grants are reviewed by the Rockefeller Center Associate Director and may also be reviewed by other Members of the Rockefeller Center Faculty Council.

Grant Requirements

  1. If, for any reason, the research for which you receive grant funding from the Rockefeller Center is not completed (for example, because you change your research plans, and/or do not complete this research and/or your honors thesis), you must immediately notify the Rockefeller Center and return the grant funding.
  2. You are required to submit an electronic copy of your honors thesis upon completion to