Congressional Research Awards
The next deadline for applications is February 1, 2010
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.
The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and
educational organization devoted to the study of Congress and its leaders. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Awards
(formerly the Congressional Research Grants) program has paid out $747,465 to support 369 projects. Applications are accepted at
any time, but the deadline is February 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in March. A total of up to $30,000 were
available in 2009.
Who is qualified to apply? The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists,
historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The
Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant
portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.
What kind of research projects are eligible for consideration? The Centerís first interest is to fund the study of the leadership
in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership,
institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the
patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or
mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process.
The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and
oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest.
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