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Name of Funding OpportunityFunding OrganizationAmountIntented UseRestrictionsDeadlineLinkComments? Additions? Amendments? Commenting is turned on! Interested in the original Twitter thread (including a few offers from previous applicants to talk about specific opportunities)? It is here: https://twitter.com/EconAnne/status/1176981903611744256?s=20
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Small Grants in Behavioral Economics (BE)Russell Sage Foundation$8,500Research that uses behavioral insights from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United StatesApplicants must be advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, or non-tenured junior faculty members who are no more than two years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D.Rollinghttp://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/small-grants-apply/guidelines
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Small Grants in Computational Social Science (CSS)Russell Sage Foundation$10,000Innovative social science research that utilizes new data and methods to advance our understanding of the research issues that comprise its core social science programs in Social Inequality, Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, and Race, Ethnicity and Immigration.Applicants must be advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, or non-tenured junior faculty members who are no more than two years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D.Spring 2020 (TBC)http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/small-grants
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Doctoral/Post Doc GrantsWashington Center for Equitable Growth$15,000research investigating the various channels through which economic inequality may (or may not) impact economic growth and stability, both directly and indirectly.Grad students and post docsLetters of inquiry for Academic submissions are typically due in late January. Proposals for Doctoral/Post-Doctoral submissions are typically due in March. Funding decisions are announced in the summer.https://equitablegrowth.org/request-for-proposals/
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Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Economics listed here, other fields available as well)National Science FoundationvariesDDRIG awards provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university such as enabling doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus. DDRIGs do not provide cost-of-living or other stipends or tuition.must be at a US institutionJanuary 21, 2020https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5437&org=NSF
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International Dissertation Research FellowshipThe Social Science Research Councilvaries, average is $23,000The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics.The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2020 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2020, whichever comes first.November 5, 2019https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/view/idrf-fellowship/
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Analyzing Relationships Between Disability, Rehabilitation, and Work: Small Grants ProgramPolicy Research Inc.$10,000supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability.students on temporary or student visasclosed for this year in March 2019, can subscribe for updates https://ardraw.policyresearchinc.org
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AERA Research and Dissertation Grants ProgramAmerican Educational Research Associationvariessmall grants and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and including the analysis of data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and NSF.must be at a US institution9/25/2019https://www.aera.net/Professional-Opportunities-Funding/AERA-Funding-Opportunities
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AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education ResearchAmerican Educational Research Associationvariesprovide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties.This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders).11/1/2019https://www.aera.net/Professional-Opportunities-Funding/AERA-Funding-Opportunities
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Research Grants on Education: SmallSpencer Foundationup to $50,000Supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived11/1/2019https://www.spencer.org/grant_types/small-research-grant
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Early Career Research AwardsW.E. Upjohn Institutevariesprovide resources to junior faculty (untenured and within six years of having earned a PhD) to carry out policy-related research on labor market issues. The Institute encourages research proposals on all issues related to labor markets and public workforce policy.junior facultyannouncement will be made this fallshttps://www.upjohn.org/about/grants-awards/grant-opportunities
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Humane Studies FellowshipInstitute for Humane Studiesup to $15,000Accepted Fellows research a broad range of topics from migration and 18th-century property rights to bioethics and environmental policy. IHS welcomes scholars working in unique and diverse research areas. We are looking for anyone doing exciting classical liberal research in the humanities and social sciences.graduate students12/1/2019https://theihs.org/funding/humane-studies-fellowship/
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The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s StudiesWoodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation$5,000Original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries.PhD candidates10/15/2019https://woodrow.org/fellowships/womens-studies/
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Officer's Research GrantsWilliam T. Grant Foundation$5000 - $50,000Officers’ research grants on reducing inequality are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000made to organizations, not individualsclosed for this year, expected to open again for 2020https://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants-reducing-inequality#awards
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Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy GrantsHorowitz Foundation for Social Policy$7,500To support emerging scholars through small grants, To promote scholarship with a social policy application, To encourage projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciencescurrent PhD candidates12/1/2019https://www.horowitz-foundation.org
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SMS Dissertation Research ProgramStrategic Management Societyup to $10,000grant proposals associated with doctoral students’ dissertations in strategic managementThe SRF recognizes that dissertation program structures vary, but suggests that applicants will have completed at least half of their home institution’s program requirements, including preliminary or qualifying requirements (such as coursework, comprehensive examinations/research proposal defense) prior to submitting an application10/1/2019https://www.strategicmanagement.net/srf/overview/drp
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Babbitt Dissertation Fellowship ProgramLincoln Institute of Land Policy$10,000research builds on, and contributes to, the concerns of the Babbitt Center: integration of land and water policy to advance water sustainability and resilience, particularly in the Westgraduate students10/1/2019https://www.lincolninst.edu/research-data/research/babbitt-dissertation-fellowship-program
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C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship ProgramLincoln Institute of Land Policy$10,000assists Ph.D. students, primarily at U.S. universities, whose research complements the Institute's interests in land and tax policygraduate studentsMarch 1 (passed for 2019, typically an annual award)https://www.lincolninst.edu/research-data/research/c-lowell-harriss-dissertation-fellowship-program-0
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IFREE Small GrantsInternational Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics$10,000Experimental Economics researchThe Small Grants Program is open to anyone affiliated with a research institution, regardless of citizenship or location of the institution.February 1, 2020https://ifreeweb.org/research/the-ifree-small-grants-program/
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Taraknath Das Foundation FellowshipTaraknath Das Foundation$3,000-$7,000to a person or persons who or an institution which has contributed to understanding between India and America.Applicants must be Indian passport holders who have completed at least one year of graduate study in the United States.October 31, 2019https://www.sai.columbia.edu/taraknath-das-foundation
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Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipsResources for the Future$18,000Academic fellowships in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy.Phd candidatesnot currently accepting applications (but check back!)https://www.rff.org/careers/joseph-l-fisher-doctoral-dissertation-fellowships/
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Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional ScienceNorth American Regional Science Council (NARSC)$30,000support the winning student’s dissertation research in the field of Regional Science with a fellowshipNorth American PhD candidatesFebruary 15, 2020https://www.narsc.org/newsite/awards-prizes/stevens-graduate-fellowship/
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Josephine de Karman FellowshipJosephine de Karman Fellowship Trust$25,000The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951. The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor von Karman’s high standards.PhD students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolledin a university located within the United States. Only PhD candidates who will defend their dissertation in or about June 2021 are eligible for consideration for a 2020-2021 fellowship.January 31, 2020http://www.dekarman.org/qualifications/
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IGCC Dissertation Fellowship CompetitionInstitute on Global Conflict and Cooepration$25,000IGCC addresses global challenges to peace and prosperity through academically rigorous, policy-relevant research, training, and outreach on international security, economic development, and the environment.University of California student whose dissertation project aligns with IGCC’s mission and research themesclosed for this year, may reopen for January 2020https://igcc.ucsd.edu/funding/DF-2019-app.html
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Stigler Center PhD Dissertation AwardStigler Center at UChigaco$5,000Awards for University of Chicago PhD students who are currently in their third, fourth or fifth year and who are in advanced stages of writing their dissertation about the political, economic, and cultural obstacles to better working markets.UChicago PhD students onlyapplications closed for this year, expected to reopen laterhttps://research.chicagobooth.edu/stigler/research/research-opportunities
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Rivers Foundation Explorer Award for Health & HumanitiesScientific Exploration Society£5,000The Rivers Foundation has an interest in health & humanities and would love to hear from individuals who are passionate about education, social development and medical well-being within communities. The applicant should be someone who will be leading an expedition combining adventure with a medical and humanitarian purpose, which benefits those in under-developed regions of the world.Must have expedition component9/11/19 (passed for this year, annual award)https://form.jotformeu.com/SESexplore/rivers-foundation-explorer-award
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ACLS Dissertation Completion FellowshipsAmerican Council of Learned SocietiesStipend: $35,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.PhD candidate in the US, ABD/post proposal stage, no more than 6 years into PhD program (including time spent earning an MA in that program), not a recipient of a dissertation completion fellowshipOctober 2019 for 2020 (passed for this year) https://www.acls.org/programs/dcf/
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AAUW Fellowships (US and International) American Association of University Women$18,000-$30,000Degree completionMasters, PhD, post-docsNovember 1 for American, 15 for internationalhttps://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/american-fellowships/af-dissertation-application/
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ALCT Grant
Annette Lawson Charitable Trust
£1,000 PhD research related to a specific topic (2019: Gender and climate change)PhD students in the UKNovember 15https://alcharitabletrust.org.uk/2019/05/12/2019-grant-call-climate-change-and-gender/
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Fellowships for Research on Preemption Impacts on Cities & TownsUrban Affairs Association & National League of Cities$6,000Researchers who utilize a newly developed dataset to study the impact of preemption on the health and well-being of cities and townsMust use this dataset, open to PhD students & post docsNovemer, 22, 2019https://urbanaffairsassociation.org/2019/11/03/data-available-for-nlc-uaa-grant-reminder-applications-due-nov-22/
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Wayne F. Placek GrantsAmerican Psychological Foundation$10,000to support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues.Must be either a doctoral‐level researcher or graduate student affiliated with an educational institution of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.March 1, 2020https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/placek?tab=2
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IGC Small ProjectsInternational Growth Center£20,000 or lessThe Small Projects Facility (SPF) is an IGC initiative to produce research which immediately responds to the particular needs and demands of IGC engagement countries, particularly where this demand has a specific policy focus. The main purpose of this initiative is to allow pertinent, highly salient research to be produced in a time-sensitive manner, while retaining high academic quality.less than 1 year to complete, rollinghttps://www.theigc.org/funding/small-projects/
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