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Manon Michels Einaudi Grant

Ferris wheel, Aix-en-Provence, France

This graduate research grant offered in the name of Manon Michels Einaudi by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Cornell Institute for European Studies honors the memory of a Cornell faculty wife and mother whose life exemplified much of the beauty of Western civilization.

One award of $3,500 is given each year for graduate research in a field close to Mrs. Einaudi's own interests: 

  • European art and architecture
  • Art history
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Culture

Graduate students in those fields who wish to conduct short-term (usually 4-8 week) research in Europe and who are recommended by their faculty committee are eligible.

The primary aim of the Manon Einaudi Grant is to help Cornell doctoral candidates explore possible topics or otherwise launch their dissertation work, although applications from students whose dissertations are already in progress may also be considered if funding is available.

Please note that the Manon grant is not intended to cover conference travel or tuition of any kind.  

Applicants will be evaluated based upon the following factors:

  • Evidence that field research in Europe will advance the applicant’s doctoral program
  • Practicality of the applicant’s research proposal
  • Applicant's academic performance and qualifications to complete the proposed project
  • Strength of the applicant's letters of recommendation


  • 4-5 page project proposal (double-spaced)
  • Budget
  • Travel itinerary
  • Bibliography
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • If awarded fellowship, all students must register their trip with Cornell International Travel Registry
  • Cornell International Travel Registry system also incorporates the International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) petition for travel to elevated-risk destinations. If your proposal includes travel to an elevated risk country, you are strongly encouraged to have a back-up plan for your project in the event that your ITART application is denied, or if the country to which you are travelling should become an elevated risk country subsequent to receiving your travel grant.

*The online application form requires applicants to provide names and email addresses of (2) faculty and/or staff recommenders. Once the application has been submitted, the online system automatically generates a notification email to the recommenders, letting them know a student application has been received that lists them as a recommender. From there, each recommender is instructed how to login and upload a recommendation letter.

The Manon Michels Einaudi Grant competition is conducted together with the Michele Sicca Grant competition. Candidates submit a single application and are automatically considered for both awards.

We are not presently accepting applications.

For additional information or advising, contact Pamela Hampton, Program Manager of IES.