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Grants to USA Graduate Students for Research Relating Inequality to Economic Growth

Doctoral/Postdoctoral Grant

GrantWatch ID# 206680
Agency: Foundation

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

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/08/22
Deadline: 03/20/23 11:59 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Grants of $15,000 to USA and eligible territories' graduate students at the doctoral or postdoctoral level 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. Eligible academic institutions are located in the USA or Puerto Rico.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth seeks to deepen understanding of how inequality affects economic growth and stability. To do so, they support research investigating the various channels through which economic inequality, in all its forms, may or may not impact economic growth and stability. Equitable Growth promotes efforts to increase diversity in the economics profession and across the social sciences. The Foundation recognizes the importance of diverse perspectives in broadening and deepening research on inequality and growth. Equitable Growth supports research inquiry using many different types of evidence, relying on a variety of methodological approaches and cutting across academic disciplines. This request for proposals is organized around four channels of growth: Macroeconomics, Human Capital & Well-being, Market Structure, and The Labor Market.

For additional information regarding these channels, see:

Allowable Costs:

Equitable Growth is willing to fund a wide range of activities for Doctoral/postdoctoral grants, including stipend support, data purchase, travel and costs associated with conducting experiments, or participating in professional conferences.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Doctoral/postdoctoral grants are open to graduate students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. university and to recent Ph.D. graduates currently in a postdoctoral position at a U.S. university. If you are currently a graduate student or in a postdoctoral position, you may choose to apply for either an academic or doctoral/postdoctoral grant, depending on the pool in which you’d like to compete.

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.

Universities in Puerto Rico are generally eligible for funding.

Grants cannot cover indirect overhead.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Equitable Growth is hosting informational webinars, which are opportunities to learn more about funding priorities, how to apply, and tips for a successful application.

The webinar for graduate students interested in applying for a doctoral/postdoctoral grant is on Thursday, December 8 from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST. Register here:

Equitable Growth staff is also available to meet with interested applicants. Please complete this form if you would like to schedule a time with staff regarding any questions you may have about submitting an application:

You will receive an email to schedule a 15–30 minute Zoom call with Equitable Growth staff best positioned to answer your question(s).

Pre-Application Information
Doctoral/postdoctoral proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 20, 2023.

Funding decisions will be announced by mid-July 2023. It is anticipated that funds will be distributed in early fall 2023, though the timing of disbursement depends in part on the particulars of the project and the researcher’s home institution.

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

Estimated Size of Grant
Doctoral/postdoctoral grants are set at $15,000 over 1 year.

Term of Contract
Equitable Growth funds must be spent down during the 12-month grant timeframe, though research projects do not have to be completed in that time. 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

If you have questions or are having trouble with the application portal, please email or call 202-276-3368.

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