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  • Research Support Services

    Please refer to the Maxwell Research Support Services homepage on Answers, which provides faculty, student, and staff resources for identifying internal and external funding sources, writing and submitting grant applications, and managing awards.

  • Maxwell Research Funding Programs

    Appleby-Mosher Fund for Faculty Research 

    The Appleby-Mosher Fund awards grants to tenure-track and tenured faculty for research-related expenses such as project initiation (particularly acquisition of materials including data sets), travel to perform research, and conference travel. 

    Roscoe Martin Fund for Dissertation and Thesis Research 

    The Roscoe Martin Fund provides grants to graduate students for expenses related to dissertation and thesis research, including travel to perform research, data fees, and other research needs. 

    Tenth Decade Project

    Launched in 2014, the Tenth Decade Project is a ten-year initiative that aims to focus attention on and celebrate the centennial of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2024. Grant funding associated with the Tenth Decade Project operationalizes a defined goal of the Maxwell Academic Strategic Plan to “promote research involving faculty on innovative, high impact projects, applying social science methods and data analysis to address grand, global challenges such as democracy and civic engagement, inequality, urban poverty and development, governance and security, environmental change, and health policy.”

    Dean's Office Summer Project Assistantships

    Launched in 2004, the Dean’s Office Summer Project Assistantship Program provides summer funding to Maxwell faculty to support a graduate assistant on a project for the purpose of conducting preliminary research for and/or preparation of a proposal for external project funding in the subsequent year. To date, the Maxwell School has invested approximately $175,000 in this program, resulting in over $3.2 million in related sponsored awards.

    Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund

    The Institute for Security Policy and Law (SPL)—a collaboration between Maxwell and the SU College of Law—awards grants through the Berlin Fund to faculty and student teams that promote research on salient topics in security studies, including national security, homeland security, and human security. Funds can be used to cover the costs of conducting and disseminating research. 

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    Jill Ferguson
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  • Research News

    Coffel explores power and climate struggle in new research paper

    Ethan Coffel, assistant professor of geography and the environment, discusses his latest findings on thermal power and how warming temperatures will impact every part of our power infrastructure in the SU News story, "It’s Getting Hot In Here: Warming World Will Fry Power Plant Production in Coming Years."


    Takeda narrates early French-Persian trade relations

    In her new book "Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1808: The Other Persian Letters" (Oxford University Press), Syracuse history professor Junko Takeda explores the political, commercial, and cultural links between eighteenth century France and Persia. Her global microhistory reveals how trans-imperial trade impacted the lives of various entrepreneurs and mercenaries living on the edge of empire, while demonstrating how French engagement with the Asian continent shaped Enlightenment political thought and policy making across the Age of Revolutions.


    Abdelaaty examines disparities in refugee treatment

    In her new book “Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees” (Oxford University Press), Syracuse political science professor Lamis Abdelaaty examines the factors that shape states’ responses to refugees. She asks important questions about why some states welcome refugees while others exclude them, and why some states cede control of the asylum process and refugee camps to the United Nations.


    New study by Cleary examines regime dynamics in fragile democracies

    "When Does Backsliding Lead to Breakdown? Uncertainty and Opposition Strategies in Democracies at Risk," co-authored by Matthew Cleary, was published in Perspectives on Politics. The authors develop an agency-based perspective to enhance the understanding of aggrandizement and to explain when it results in democratic breakdown. Relying on comparative case studies of five countries—Bolivia, Ecuador, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela—their analysis suggests that the contingent decisions of opposition actors during the process of aggrandizement have a significant effect on regime outcomes.


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