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Graduate Student Research Grants (2020)

American Politics, Policy, Society, Economy and Culture

The Center for the Study of the United States in Partnership with the Fulbright Program at Tel Aviv University invites applications for our graduate student research grants for 2021. Prospective applicants may come from any department (or discipline) at Tel Aviv University that addresses American politics, society, economics, history, law, gender studies, public policy, international relations, environmental studies, media or culture (including literature, film, art, theatre and music). Eligible candidates may specialize in either contemporary or historic aspects of these questions. This includes comparative or transnational projects that have a strong focus on the U.S.

Research proposals can span any subject matter or period. However, we are especially interested in promoting research that deals with our annual topic: American Democracy (past, present and future), especially in the age of Covid-19. As such, original proposals that explore the impact of the Coronavirus, as well as of the Trump presidency, on America's democratic institutions, norms and processes, and deal with contemporary American politics and society, are especially encouraged.

The one-time grants of 3,000-5,000 NIS will be awarded to qualified researchers. We are seeking to encourage innovative interdisciplinary research that incorporates different methodological approaches and sheds light on new developments in American society, politics and history. The grants are highly competitive and will be awarded based on the potential of the research proposal and the academic merits of the candidate. Grant recipients are asked to take part in the activities of the Center for the Study of the United States throughout the year and might get the opportunity to present their work in one of our research forums. The prize committee reserves the right not to allocate all of the awards in the coming year. 

  • Grant Amounts: 3,000-5,000 NIS.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in Tel Aviv University as graduate students in a thesis-track (in either an M.A. or Ph.D. program).
  • Former grant recipients are invited to apply. However, preference will be given to candidates who have not previously been awarded a research grant from the Center. Past recipients who choose to apply must demonstrate the progress of their research and explain how the grant will aid them in expanding or developing their work in new ways. 

Applicants Must Submit:

  • Research proposal for their project (2 pages max.)
  • CV (2 pages max.) 
  • Academic transcript (with courses and grades). Doctoral candidates can submit transcripts of their Master’s degree; for all others, most recent graduate transcript is sufficient.  



Application materials should be sent by e-mail to:

Deadline for submission of all application materials: January 20, 2021.


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