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Jill Ferguson

Jill Ferguson

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222 Maxwell Hall

Jill Ferguson

Director, Maxwell Research Office


PAI 400.2/600.2: Grant Writing for Nonprofits

Highest degree earned

M.P.A., Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, 2016


Jill Ferguson is director of the Maxwell Research Office in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The Maxwell Research Office assists faculty members and other researchers in locating funding opportunities and planning proposals; mapping research strategic plans; finding collaborators and building research teams; managing large, complex proposals; and coordinating with institutional research administration and leadership.

To that end, the office supports Maxwell’s departmental research administrators in proposal development and grants management. Additionally, the office manages numerous internal grant programs that reflect the Maxwell School’s longstanding commitment to supporting faculty and student research and the production of exceptional scholarship.

Ferguson also teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and workshops at the Maxwell School on subjects related to research funding, grant writing and nonprofit organizations.   

Ferguson holds a bachelor of arts degree in English, religion and philosophy, and global studies from Drury University and a master of public affairs with an emphasis in public policy analysis from the University of Missouri. She began her professional career in academic publishing before transitioning to higher education.


Grant writing, civic engagement, nonprofit organizations, research funding, research administration