Early Career Research Awards (ECRA) on Labor Markets and Public Workforce Policy
The Upjohn Institute invites proposals for Early Career Research Awards. These awards are intended to provide resources for junior faculty (untenured and within six years of having earned a PhD) to carry out policy-related research on labor market issues. The Institute encourages research proposals on all issues related to labor markets and public workforce policy.
Early Career Research Award recipients are expected to write a research paper based on the funded work; submit the paper to the Institute’s working paper series; submit the paper to a peer-reviewed journal; and prepare a synopsis of the research for possible publication in the Institute’s newsletter, Employment Research.
The maximum funding for an Early Career Research Award is $5,000.
Applicants should submit a proposal of, at most, 1,200 words (approximately four double-spaced pages), describing the proposed research and its relevance to labor market policy. The proposal should include an abstract and a brief budget. Applications must also include a current curriculum vitae.
Proposals for Early Career Research Awards will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Contribution to important labor market policy issues and to the professional literature
- Technical merit
- Professional qualifications
The Institute does not pay indirect costs but will entertain any legitimate research expense as part of the budget. Acceptable items include costs for professional, technical, and support personnel; data acquisition; materials and supplies; computer services; and travel. The Institute does not fund dissertation research (although it does have a Dissertation Award program).
It is expected that the research will be completed within a year.
Early Career Research Award payments will be made to the individual upon award.
Non-U.S. nationals are eligible to apply for ECRA grants. We welcome applications from all scholars, regardless of nationality, affiliation, etc.