These awards help get Ph.D. candidates into the field to do preliminary explorations of potential research materials/sites in preparation for writing a dissertation proposal. These awards will therefore not fund dissertation field research.
The ideal time to hold this award is after passing comprehensive exams and before defending the proposal.
UNC Ph.D. students preparing to write a dissertation proposal are eligible to apply.
Estimated Available Funds: $20,000
Typical Range of Awards: $2,000 - $4,000
Typical Number of Awards: 5
Typical Number of Applicants: 18
The Center for Global Initiatives is not bound by these estimates and is often unable to award the full amount of funds requested.
Reviewers assign points to each application based on the following rubric:
Is there a clear need for the applicant to receive this award at this point in his/her studies?
With this award, will the student make significant progress toward completing a dissertation proposal and a subsequent dissertation?
Does the proposal clearly present an important research question and explain the theoretical and/or policy relevance of the work?
Is the research method and plan adequate and appropriate to achieve the student's expected goals?
Does the student have the language and/or technical skills to carry out the proposed research?
Is the budget clear, adequate, reasonable, and justified?
Applicants will receive funding decision notifications 4-6 weeks after the deadline via email.
Award recipients will be required to submit a final report at the end of the project using the Center for Global Initiative’s Online Reporting System. This system collects narratives and data about funded projects to enable the Center to determine whether its programmatic purposes are being met. A summary of award requirements will be presented to award recipients before funds are disbursed.
Please write your proposal so that it is understandable to a broad audience of researchers.
Specific instructions and details are included as part of the online application. The major parts are:
Senior Program Officer, Center for Global Initiatives