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Seed Grants

The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) advances research on the patterns, causes, and consequences of social and economic inequalities, how inequality varies across time and space, and how it is perpetuated or mitigated through day-to-day interactions, families, schools, neighborhoods, prisons, employing organizations, local and national labor market institutions, the law, politics, and the state. CSI values theoretically driven empirical research, whether it is in the service of “basic” knowledge about the fundamental nature of inequality or of “applied” knowledge that is relevant to public policy.

CSI invites proposals for grants that will support research on inequality by Cornell University graduate students. The proposed research projects will be judged on their academic rigor and social scientific merit, relevance to contemporary inequality scholarship, and potential to advance the field. Projects that meet these criteria are also likely to lead to publication or to successful external grant proposals, but our primary goal is to support high-quality research on inequality. Grants are open to PhD students in any social science discipline at Cornell. Awards help procure research materials and equipment, software and data, undergraduate research assistance, and research-related travel.

We are currently accepting applications for 2016-17. Please review the Request for Proposals before considering a submission. For a printable version of last year’s RFP, please click here.

The deadline for 2017-18 Seed Grants is yet to be determined. Please email us with any inquiries.

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