Grant Competition 2012 - The Smith Richardson Foundation

Posted by Jamal Fida Thursday, April 26, 2012 0 comments
Closing Date: June 15,2012.

The Smith Richardson Foundation’s International Security and Foreign Policy Program is pleased to announce its annual grant competition to support the research and writing of a book by young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.  The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each. Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing. Within the think tank community, the program supports members of the rising generation of policy thinkers who are focused on U.S. strategic and foreign policy issues. 
Each grant will be paid directly to, and should be administered by, a properly accredited 501(c)(3) institution. It should be the academic institution or think tank with which the applicant is affiliated.
Procedure:
An applicant must submit a research proposal of a maximum of ten pages that includes the following five sections:
1. a one-page executive summary;
2. a brief (approx. 250 words) description of the policy issue or the problem that the proposed book will examine; 
3.a description (approx. 2,500-3,000 words) of the background and body of knowledge on the issue to be addressed by the book, citing relevant literature;
4.a description (approx. 1,000-1,500 words) of the applicant’s qualifications and methods (e.g., research questions, research strategy, analytical approach, tentative organization of the book, etc.); and 
5. a brief (approx. 250 words) explanation of the implications of the prospective findings of the research for the policy community.
The applicant should also include a curriculum vitae (limited to 3 pages), a detailed budget explaining how the grant would be used, and a work timetable with a start date.  A template for a Strategy and Policy Fellows proposal is available. In addition to the proposal, the applicant may attach one policy-relevant publication to demonstrate his or her analytical capability.
Eligibility:
An applicant must have a Ph.D. by the time of the deadline, preferably in Political Science, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, or History.  The application must be submitted by the institution at which he or she holds a full-time position and be accompanied by a letter from the institution’s representative who is authorized to accept the grant on behalf of the institution. The applicant should also explain how he or she meets all of these requirements in a cover letter to the proposal. The proposal should be written in a regular 12-point font, with one-inch margins.

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