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Grants to USA Graduate Students and Early Career Academics for Research Relating Inequality to Economic Growth

Early Career Grants


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Funding Source
Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Array ( [0] => Puerto Rico (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/29/24 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Puerto Rico graduate students at the doctoral or postdoctoral level and early career academics for research addressing whether economic equality impacts economic growth and stability. Funding is intended for a broad range of research approaches spanning a variety of academic disciplines.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth seeks to invest in early career scholars whose research agendas are policy relevant, related to how inequality affects economic growth, and who are interested in engaging with nonacademic audiences. 

Equitable Growth interested in research that will generate actionable insights. This includes research that illuminates the policies that help or hinder more equitable growth in the United States, as well as research that illuminates the need for a policy response. Equitable Growth takes an expansive view of policy, encompassing legislation, investments, regulations, standards, and oversight, among others. Research proposals should relate to the broad areas of the economy described below. The research can take a macro perspective and focus on aggregate outcomes, or a micro perspective and focus on outcomes for individuals, families, or businesses. The development of policy proposals will also be considered but should be grounded in empirical research.

Equitable Growth promotes efforts to increase diversity in the economics profession and across the social sciences. We recognize the importance of diverse perspectives in broadening and deepening research on the topics in this Request for Proposals and the need to elevate diverse voices to shape debates and policy solutions. Early career grants and the grantee resources that accompany them are intended to support early career scholars looking to advance their academic careers, as well as engage with nonacademic audiences.

Equitable Growth is willing to fund a wide range of activities, including researcher salary and benefits, research assistance, data purchase, and costs associated with conducting experiments or participating in professional conferences.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This Request for Proposals is open to:
- Graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. college or university who are in the dissertation stage of their graduate career
- Early career scholars at a U.S. college or university whose Ph.D. was issued within the past 8 years.

International students at U.S. universities are eligible to apply, though if awarded, the grant would likely need to be administered through the university. International students are advised to communicate their intention to apply with their institution to ensure adherence to institutional protocol if funded.

Applicants may have co-authors who are further along in their career, though those co-authors are not eligible for funding.

Co-Principal Investigators/Collaborators with open grants are eligible to apply.

Universities in Puerto Rico are generally eligible for funding.

If you have received tenure, you are not eligible for an early career grant.

Researchers who are the Principal Investigator for an open Equitable Growth grant with an end date beyond July 1, 2024 are not eligible to apply.

Grants cannot cover indirect overhead.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Equitable Growth will be hosting a virtual informational webinar on December 13, at 2 PM EST, during which staff will provide an overview of the funding priorities, how to apply, and tips for for a successful application. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.


Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EST on January 29, 2024.

Funding decisions will be announced in May, and funding is typically dispersed at the start of the academic year.

Applicants may submit more than one application. Equitable Growth is unlikely to fund more than one proposal from the same scholar/team, but each proposed research project will be considered on its own merits.

Request for Proposals:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants to current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are set at $15,000.

Grants to early career scholars are set at $30,000.

Term of Contract
Grants to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are set at 1 year. Grants to other early career scholars can be 1–2 years.

Grantees are encouraged to notify Equitable Growth staff at least 30 days prior to the grant end-date if there is a need to request a no-cost extension.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Please reach out to or call (202) 545-3343 with any questions.

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