Research Funding

The Elections Research Centers provides funding for both graduate and undergraduate students. Each year, students are encouraged to submit their applications to funding competitions and receive financial support for elections-related research.

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  • Rose Family Undergraduate Research Project ($1500)

    Through the generosity of the Rose Family Undergraduate Research Project fund, applicants may request up to $1,500 to support a research project that will be undertaken during the during the 2018-2019 academic year.

    The award is designed to defray the costs of a single research project conducted under the guidance of a faculty member affiliated with the Elections Research Center. Funds may be used for a variety of research-related activities such as the purchase of data, travel to archives, participation in training opportunities, funding of experiments, and salary for the applicant.

    It is anticipated that up to four grants will be awarded. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty affiliates

    Students must submit a project description (no more than one page) and an itemized budget (no more than one page). Students are also required to have one letter of recommendation (no more than two pages) submitted by a faculty recommender of their choosing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    If human subjects review is required for the project, a copy of the Institutional Review Board approval must be submitted to the Director before funds are distributed. An applicant may also submit the IRB approval or the proposed protocol with the initial application.

    Submit your application here
    Faculty recommender submits letter of recommendation here
    Note: You must sign in to Google with either a wisc.edu or Gmail email to fill out the application or submit a letter of recommendation.

    Deadline: None
    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year

  • 2019 Summer Graduate Fellowship

    The Elections Research Center will offer a fellowship to one graduate student in the summer of 2019. The fellowship is intended to support research on elections, allowing the student to be free of other instructional and administrative responsibilities to focus on production of original research.

    The award will provide a standard UW-Madison fellowship stipend of approximately $6,500 for the summer months of 2019.

    Eligibility is limited to doctoral students at UW-Madison who are affiliated with the Center and are in good standing in their Ph.D. programs. Priority will be given to students (1) who are at more advanced stages in their graduate careers, (2) who intend to pursue academic job opportunities upon completion of the Ph.D., (3) whose summer research is not in collaboration with a faculty member, and (4) whose research agenda is closely connected to the focus of the Center.

    The only obligations of the fellowship recipient are to pursue original research on elections, be involved in the intellectual life of the Center, and provide a one-page summary of summer activities to the Director.

    The recipient is expected not to take on other significant obligations such as teaching or serving as a project assistant while on fellowship. It is not yet clear whether the recipient will be eligible for the fellowship again in subsequent summers.

    Students must submit a description of their summer research plan (three pages, double-spaced) and a current CV to apply. The research plan should lay out the research topic or questions, the approach being taken in the study, and the plans to make specific progress on the project over the summer months. At the top of the document, be sure to include the following: name, faculty advisor/chair, department, and expected date of completion of the Ph.D.

    The research plan and CV should be submitted as attachments and emailed to elections@polisci.wisc.edu.

    Deadline: February 28, 2019
    Report Summary Deadline: September 30, 2019

  • Graduate Conference Travel ($750)

    Applicants may request up to $750 to support travel to an academic conference during the 2019 calendar year.

    It is anticipated that up to five grants will be awarded. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty affiliates.

    Funds may generally be used for transportation, lodging, conference registration, and meals.

    Students must submit a one-paragraph summary describing the conference, its location, their expected role, and how it is related to elections.

    Priority will be given to students who are on the academic job market or near the academic job market, students presenting original research, and students participating in the flagship conference in their discipline.

    Before receiving funding a student must provide evidence of participation in the meeting, such as a program listing the student’s name or receipt for conference registration. If a proposal is not accepted by the conference organizers after winning a grant, the student may appeal to the Director to use the funds for alternative conference activities.

    Submit your application here
    Note: You must sign in to Google with either a wisc.edu or Gmail email to fill out the application.

    Deadline: January 2, 2019

  • Graduate Research Project ($1500)

    Applicants may request up to $1500 for a project undertaken during the 2018-2019 academic year.

    The award is designed to defray the costs of a single research project. Funds may be used for a variety of research-related activities such as the purchase of data, travel to archives, participation in training opportunities, and funding of experiments. Funds may not be used for conference participation or as salary for the applicant or research assistants.

    Priority will be given to students engaged in dissertation research and students who are in good standing in their programs.

    Students must submit an itemized budget (no more than one page), a project description (no more than 700 words), and a CV to apply. The description should include the question being studied, its relevance, the general research design, and how the funds will be used to support the project. It may also be helpful to describe the timeline of activities.

    A one-page summary report on the project must be submitted to Director Barry Burden later on.

    Submit your application here
    Note: You must sign in to Google with either a wisc.edu or Gmail email to fill out the application.

    Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
    Report Summary Deadline: December 31, 2019

Graduate students must be affiliates of the Elections Research Center. Undergraduate students must be currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in good academic standing.

Funding will be administered by staff in the Department of Political Science. Grants must comply with university regulations including the use of Fox World Travel/Concur for booking flights and adhering to state maxima for meals. Please consult the Department of Political Science KnowledgeBase, departmental staff, or center Director Barry Burden with questions.

Students who receive funding should acknowledge support from the Elections Research Center in any papers or publications that benefit from the funding.