Attention: Maxwell Doctoral Students
Take the Moynihan Challenge
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
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.
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.
The application process is online. The online application form is available at http://bit.ly/1aTuonm
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com. 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
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.