Attention: Maxwell Doctoral Students
Take the Moynihan Challenge

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the creation of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, we are launching the Moynihan Challenge which we hope to make an annual event. As part of the challenge, we seek proposals from Maxwell doctoral students for projects examining existing or emerging challenges to citizenship and governance in an age of instability and change—the 2014 theme for the Moynihan Challenge.

In particular, we seek proposals from Maxwell doctoral students for research to be conducted during the summer 2014 that identifies ways that citizens, states, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and/or other non-state actors can help or are helping to overcome novel threats to the well-being of communities across the world. Proposals can focus on any topic of interest so long as it is transnational in scope, that is, it crosses borders or boundaries and is of interest to citizens, policymakers, and researchers in more than one entity. For example, research could focus on efforts to address human trafficking, global or regional environmental degradation, global financial vulnerabilities, issues surrounding immigration, or novel threats to human or societal security.

We anticipate making up to five awards of around $3,000 each for research conducted during the summer of 2014. These funds can be used to support a variety of expenditures including travel expenses, on-the-ground field research, archival study, and data acquisition. Funds, however, cannot be used to purchase equipment.

In return, doctoral students selected to receive the funding will be expected to produce a product around the challenge to be presented at the Moynihan Challenge Symposium in February 2015.

Such a product can come in a variety of forms including research paper, research poster, topical roundtable, external research proposal, policy brief, simulation, web-site, survey, experiment, etc. Products will be given online visibility during and following the symposium.

Application Process

The application process is online. The online application form is available at

Deadline for applications is Monday, January 27, 2014. Applications consist of personal information about the individual submitting the proposal, including departmental affiliation, contact information, and doctoral dissertation status; a description of the intended project not to exceed 1,000 words; a brief discussion of the product to be part of the Symposium in 2015 in no more than 300 words; a budget and budget narrative; description of any other support being received for the proposed project; a CV; and a letter of endorsement from a member of the faculty. Questions should be directed to Bruce Dayton at Proposals will be considered by a committee of faculty from across the Maxwell School. Awards will be announced around February 17, 2014.

Proposal. Create your proposal as a pdf document according to the instructions listed below and upload it to the online application here.

Part 1.
Personal Information. Please indicate your name as applicant, your departmental affiliations, and email address. You are also asked to provide a brief summary of your progress and current status in your doctoral program (course work completed, date qualifying exams passed, topic of proposed dissertation, dissertation adviser and committee, if you have one).

Part 2.

Description of Proposed Research—Describe the project for which you are seeking funding. Your proposal text must be no longer than 1,000 words. Briefly describe the focus of your research and indicate its relevance to the Moynihan Challenge theme, locate your work and potential contributions in the most relevant scholarship, and outline how you propose to carry out your research. One page of references may accompany this description and not count toward the 1,000 words.

Product for Symposium—Indicate your current thinking about the product you will contribute to the Moynihan Challenge Symposium in 2015. Do this in 300 words or less.

Budget—Provide a detailed budget and budget narrative. Categories may include travel expenses, on-the-ground field research, archival study, and data acquisition. Funds, however, cannot be used to purchase equipment.

Other Support—Provide details on other support that you have received for this project for the upcoming summer. If you have no other support, say so explicitly. Also indicate any other proposals you currently have under consideration to support this project.

CV—Attach a copy of your Curriculum Vitae.

Part 3.
Endorsement. Arrange for a letter of endorsement from a member of the faculty who is acquainted with your work. Include the person’s name in your proposal and ask that person to send his/her letter as a pdf file via their university email account to Amy Marsden, Moynihan Awards Coordinator at: In the online application you will be only asked to identify the person writing a letter for you so that we know from whom to expect the endorsement. This letter should be submitted no later than 5:00 pm, January 27, 2014. Remember it is your responsibility to make sure that the letter is received by the deadline.

You will also be asked to provide the recommender's name and email address in the online application form. An automated email will be generated informing your recommender of your application and letting them know you will be contacting them regarding a recommendation. When your letter of endorsement is received, Amy Marsden will notify you by email.