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 2020-2021 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

Graduate Research Funding ($3500)

To help jump-start graduate student research activity as in-person campus activities resume, larger ERC grants are being offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Applicants may request up to $3,500 to support election-related research activities between October 1, 2021 and September 1, 2022

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty affiliates.

Grants may be used for several different kinds of purposes. Funding may cover travel expenses to an in-person conference, research, or training site. Funding may support an online training opportunity or research activity such as a virtual conference or workshop. Funding may be used to facilitate research itself including the purchase of datasets or software, payments to experimental subjects, transcription of interviews, purchase of survey question time, or other needs.

Students must submit a one-page single-spaced summary describing the substance of the election-related project and how the funding will be used.

Priority will be given to students who are nearer to completion of the Ph.D. and students conducting research without a faculty collaborator.

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.

Before receiving funding for a conference, 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: September 20, 2021

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 Travel Incorporated/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.