Funding Opportunities

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth seeks to invest in policy-relevant research that is related to how inequality affects economic growth, and in scholars who are interested in engaging with nonacademic audiences.

We are currently accepting applications in response to the 2024 Request for Proposals: Research Grants for Early Career Scholars. For more information on this funding opportunity and to read the full request, click here.

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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.


Early Career grants

Equitable Growth is excited to offer funding specifically for graduate students and early career researchers.

To be eligible for an early career grant, one must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. university, in a postdoctoral position at a U.S. university, or a scholar affiliated with a U.S. university who is within 8 years from Ph.D. issuance. If you have received tenure, you are not eligible for an early career grant.

Funding for students and postdoctoral scholars will be $15,000 over 1 year, while funding for early career scholars in faculty, research, or similar positions will be $30,000 over 1–2 years.

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American Economic Association Summer Economics Fellows Program

Equitable Growth is a host institution of the AEA Summer Economics Fellows Program. Through our participation, we seek to promote efforts to increase diversity of women and members of underrepresented groups in the economics profession. We support one early career faculty to pursue academic research that explores how inequality affects economic growth and stability.

The program includes opportunities for presenting and receiving feedback on ongoing research, professional development and mentorship, trainings, and exposure to how to make research relevant to today’s policy debates and accessible for the policymaking community.

Fellowships are 8–12 weeks during the summer and are open to all economists without regard to gender, race, or ethnicity, although the goal of the program is to advance the careers of women and members of underrepresented communities. Fellows are given a prorated stipend of $30,000.

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