Funding Opportunities

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has an annual Request for Proposals, announced each fall. The 2023 Request for Proposals deadline has passed. Please check this space in November 2023 for the 2024 Request for Proposals.

For more details about the 2023 Request for Proposals, click here. If you have questions about the grant program, please contact us at


Our grantees hail from a range of academic institutions, backgrounds, and disciplines, and are at different points along the career ladder. Their research interests are equally broad, though focused on the ways in which inequality effects economic growth.


Academic grants

Academic grants are open to researchers affiliated with a U.S. university. The affiliated university must administer the grant. Academic grants are typically in the $25,000 to $100,000 range over 1 to 3 years. We frequently partner with other foundations to support projects jointly or to share proposals that are not a fit for our grant program, but which may be of interest to other funders. Learn more…

Doctoral/postdoctoral grants

Doctoral/postdoctoral grants are open to graduate students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. university and to recent Ph.D. graduates currently in a postdoctoral position at a U.S. university. If you are currently a graduate student or in a postdoctoral position, you may choose to apply for either an academic or doctoral/postdoctoral grant, depending on the pool in which you’d like to compete. Doctoral/postdoctoral grants are funded at $15,000 over 1 year. Learn more...

Dissertation Scholars program

Equitable Growth is building a pipeline of scholars doing cutting-edge research on inequality and growth. Our Dissertation Scholars program is in-residence and provides Ph.D. candidates with financial and professional support to pursue their own research and to gain familiarity with current policy debates and the policy process. Dissertation scholars are given an annualized $50,000 stipend, office space, and professional support, and are expected to support Equitable Growth’s grant program. Scheduling is flexible to permit for travel to home institutions, as well as academic conferences. Tenure is at least one academic year, with the possibility of extension into a second year. Learn more...

American Economic Association Summer Economics Fellows Program

Equitable Growth is a participating partner of the AEA Summer Economics Fellows Program. Through our participation, we seek to promote efforts to increase diversity in the economics profession by supporting postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty pursuing academic research that explores how inequality affects economic growth and stability. The program includes opportunities for professional development and mentorship, trainings, and exposure to how to make research relevant to today’s policy debates and accessible for the policymaking community. Learn more...

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