Graduate Funding Opportunities
The Program for Research on Inequality (PRI) at Princeton Economics, directed by faculty member Ellora Derenoncourt, is pleased to invite applications from Princeton Economics PhD students for research connected to our new initiative on Racial Equity in the Economy. This call for proposals will support a new portfolio of work on racial disparities in wealth, income, and economic mobility. We are interested in work with both an historical and contemporary focus, examining a broad range of policies and racial/ethnic groups, including, for example, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, and focused on racial/ethnic disparities outside the US. This is a joint call launched alongside a similar initiative at UC Berkeley’s Opportunity Lab.
Through this round of funding, research grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to students working in the areas described above. Grant support can be used to cover activities such as: data purchasing costs, research-related travel (subject to the University’s permissible travel guidelines), hiring undergraduate research assistants, and other activities to support research. Awards are intended to support activities taking place during Spring and Summer 2022. If you have any questions on how to apply, please contact Laura Hedden (email@example.com).
Please apply by November 12, 2021
Requirements and expectations:
- Students will be expected to provide occasional updates and presentations related to their work and to take part in an annual research workshop hosted by PRI at Princeton (Date TBD).
- Students will be asked to produce a short (2-5 page) report on their work at the end of the grant period (Summer 2022), detailing how the funds were used, any findings emerging from the work, policy implications, outstanding questions, etc. A template for these reports will be distributed closer to the end of the grant period.
- Student grantees will be expected to attend and/or participate in a policy convening in late Spring 2022, focused on the implications of federal, state, and local policies for racial and ethnic disparities. The exact scope and agenda for this event is TBD.
- Applicants must be actively enrolled in the PhD program in Economics and not on leave or in absentia during the grant period.
To apply, please go to this application form and submit the following materials:
(1) Title of your project
(2) Name of your advisor or faculty mentor on the project
(3) Amount you are requesting
(4) Short (1-paragraph) description of your project
(5) Timeline for your research (remember that all activities must take place before August 31, 2022)
(6) Two-page Letter of Interest describing your proposed research project; the question or problem addressed by your research project; expected contribution to the literature; your proposed methodological approach (including data sources and research design); and what you hope to achieve with the funding by August 2022 (benchmarks along the way to a longer-term goal here are fine)
(8) Current transcript (can be unofficial)
All materials must be submitted by November 12, 2021. Decisions will be communicated by December 1st, 2021.