IPC Research Scholar

The IPC Research Scholar Award aims to facilitate cutting-edge scholarship to help Ford PhD students build valuable field research experience and international partnerships. IPC priority research areas include: international trade, finance and development; international security; and international human rights.

Applicants may request up to $8,500.


  • Ford School PhD students. 

How to apply

  • For more information about the IPC Research Scholar Award, including application requirements and deadlines, please visit this program's M-Compass brochure: $ Ford: IPC Research Scholar Award.


  • If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Dan Ellis, IPC Assistant Director ([email protected]).

IPC Research Scholars

Nadiya Kostyuk, 2020 IPC Research Scholar

Nadiya Kostyuk is a doctoral candidate in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on security studies, modern warfare, cyber conflict, cyber institutions and capability, and Russian and Eurasian politics. Her methodological areas of interest include network analysis, mathematical and computational modeling, and text analysis.

Her research has been published (or is forthcoming) in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Security, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Cyber Defense Review, and several edited volumes and general-audience publications. Her research has been supported by the Belfer Center for Science and International Technology at Harvard's Kennedy School, the Department of Computer Science and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tuft's University, and the Cybersecurity, Internet Governance, Digital Economy, and Civic Tech Initiative at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Nadiya has obtained degrees from New York University (MSc), City of New York John Jay College (B.A.) and Kyiv National Linguistic University (B.A.). Nadiya is currently a fellow at EastWest Institute of Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative.

Eitan Paul, 2019 IPC Research Scholar

Eitan Paul is a joint PhD candidate in Public Policy and Political Science. He studies the effects of civil society and social accountability initiatives on the quality of democratic representation and the distribution of public goods in Southeast Asia. Eitan is a Research Scholar at the Ford School's International Policy Center.

Eitan has previously worked on issues related to electoral reform, civil society strengthening, and legislative accountability at the Asia Foundation and the National Democratic Institute in Timor-Leste and Cambodia. He received a B.S. in Foreign Service with honors in the International Politics major from Georgetown University in 2012 and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution from Tufts University in 2016. 

Previous IPC Research Scholars


  • Nadiya Kostyuk
  • Paul Atwell

2017-18 [Inaugural series]

  • Jieun Lee
  • Eitan Paul