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Opportunity for USA PhD Candidates to Further their Research on Inequality and Economic Growth

Dissertation Scholars program

GrantWatch ID# 206681
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/08/22
Deadline: 01/23/23 11:59 PM EST

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA PhD candidates to receive $50,000 and to participate in a program to further their research addressing inequality as it relates to economic growth and stability. In addition to funds, candidates will receive training, mentorship, and guidance. This program will be conducted virtually.

The Dissertation Scholars program seeks to support Ph.D. candidates pursuing academic research that explores how inequality affects economic growth and stability. The program includes opportunities for professional development and mentorship, trainings, and exposure to how to make research relevant to today’s policy debates and accessible for the policymaking community. The Dissertation Scholars program is currently operating virtually. The majority of scholars’ time is spent pursuing their own research. Scholars are, however, required to assist with grant review, which consists of reading letters of inquiry and full proposals, logging reviews in the grants management system, and attending review meetings.

Equitable Growth is interested in research that develops disaggregated data (by race and ethnicity) and/or explores the impact of the shortcomings of currently available data sources on understanding differences in outcomes by group. The Foundation values new approaches to measuring differences across race and ethnicity in economic outcomes using proxies where detailed data on race and ethnicity are not available.

Preference is given to projects where the research question also touches upon the role that racial stratification may play in the inquiry being posed, so long as the research question intersects with those outlined in one of the four funding channels detailed below. The request for proposals is organized around four channels: Macroeconomics and Inequality, Human Capital and Well-being, the Labor Market, and Market Structure.

For additional information regarding these four channels, see:


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

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The Dissertation Scholar position is open to Ph.D. candidates whose research aligns with Equitable Growth’s funding priorities. The Dissertation Scholars program is open to Ph.D. candidates who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. university.

Students who will have completed their Ph.D. program before the start of the Dissertation Scholars program are not eligible to apply for the program.

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 the Dissertation Scholars program 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
Dissertation Scholar applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 23, 2023.

Application to the program also requires two academic letters of recommendation, preferably from your chair and an advisor.

Applicants selected to move forward in the Dissertation Scholar review process will be asked to interview with Equitable Growth in April 2023. Interviews consist of a research presentation and about three small group interviews with select staff. They are typically conducted over one day. Presentations and interviews will be done virtually. Selection decisions will be announced in early May 2023.

Estimated Size of Grant
$50,000 stipend

Term of Contract
- Scholars’ tenure is at least one academic year, with the possibility of extension into a second year. Should an extension be of interest, the scholar must reapply and will be considered among that grant cycle’s applicants.
- Scheduling is flexible to permit for travel to home institutions, as well as academic conferences.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding your potential grant application to Equitable Growth, please reach out to or call 202-276-3368.

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