The Anxieties of Democracy program is now accepting applications for its 2017 Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants competition (due September 15)
Processes of negotiating agreement in Congress are under great stress, yet we know very little about the mechanisms, challenges, and remedies for this problem. Building on the Anxieties of Democracy program’s current work and the Social Science Research Council’s commitment to forging scholarly interactions across disciplines on critical present-day challenges, the goal of the Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants initiative is to provide resources for scholars with diverse sets of expertise to probe this vital issue.
Specifically, through this research opportunity, the Anxieties of Democracy Program seeks to affect the character and emphases of research and writing about the U.S. Congress within the academy while developing understanding and approaches with the potential to influence legislative behavior.
The impetus for this project stems from the recommendations of the American Political Science Association’s 2013 Task Force on Negotiating Agreement in Politics.
The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants are generously funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants are designed to open a robust research field that explores various dimensions of political negotiation in Congress by charting new avenues of understanding and methodological directions. They seek to inspire a cohort of researchers with diverse backgrounds and sets of expertise to address the challenges of political negotiation through scholarship drawn from and/or relevant to multiple disciplines and approaches.
Successful applicants will submit innovative proposals within fields that include, but are not limited to: political science, political theory, political economy, race and ethnic politics, law, history, gender studies, behavioral economics, social psychology, cognitive psychology, emotion and political judgment, anthropology, sociology, and communications. Examples of relevant research topics include:
All applicants are required to meet the following criteria:
The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants provide up to $10,000 of funding to be used for up to one year of research and writing.
All application materials must be submitted via the SSRC’s Online Application Portal, including:
Completed applications and letters of reference must be submitted through the SSRC’s Online Application Portal before 11:59pm (EDT) on September 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the end of November 2017.
SSRC staff are available to assist with the application process. Please direct any inquiries to the SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program email account. Please specify “NAC Research Grants” in the message subject line.