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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.

Application Procedure

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.

Evaluation Criteria

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

Specific Instructions

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.

Submission Deadline and Notification Date

January 26, 2018 —Deadline to apply

March 5, 2018 —Announcement of awards

Application date
26 Jan 2018
1 year
America United States Great Lakes
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 6 years
Award granted
US$ 5.000