Open Call: PhD and Postdoc Travel Grants

Travel Grants for PhD or Postdoctoral Candidates

The International Strategy Forum is awarding PhD or postdoc travel grants that are available to anyone regardless of ISF or Schmidt Futures affiliation. Candidates will be selected by a panel of ISF Fellows. Applications are due August 21, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET.

Application Requirements and Procedure 

We are offering awards of up to $7,500 each to up to seven PhD or postdoctoral candidates in the form of a travel grant for research related to the intersection of technology and geopolitics. Preference will be given to candidates showing real-world applications and addressing critical challenges in public policy.


The applicant must 

  1. Be enrolled in a full-time PhD program, or have successfully completed a PhD program and now be participating in a postdoctoral program.
  2. At the conclusion of their research, the selected candidate is required to complete a short project report describing the outcome of their research for recognition on the International Strategy Forum platform.

Required Documents 

We request a cover letter from an appropriate academic departmental representative certifying that the applicant is enrolled in a full-time PhD program, or has successfully completed a PhD program and now participates in a postdoctoral program.

Project Scope 

The funds should be used directly for the research project, such as funds related to field work, language training, and archival work.


Submit all documents electronically through our online form here. With any questions, feel free to reach out to Nathalie Bussemaker at