Faculty Student Research Call for Proposals

Lowe Faculty Student Research Program Academic Year 2022-23

Submission Date:  May 2, 2022

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy invites faculty to apply to the Lowe Faculty/Student Research Program. We welcome proposals from all areas of economics as well as from adjacent fields such as finance, government, psychology, or history whose work may be of relevance to the study of the economy and economic behavior. The twin goals of the program are to involve students in research and to publish papers in top field journals in economics or their equivalent in associated fields. Faculty participating in the Program will receive a $9,000 stipend for a completed project and will be awarded up to $6,000 in research assistant support (students are paid an hourly wage $15-$17 DOE).  

To apply for a Lowe Faculty/Student Research Program, please write a one-to-two-page proposal outlining your research project. The proposal should include a description of how students will be involved in the project.  In your proposal, indicate whether you would like to work on the project during the summer or the 2022-23 academic year.   In the wake of Covid-19, your proposal should explain explicitly how you plan to mentor the students from a distance if necessary.  

The Lowe Institute supports both decentralized and centralized matching of students and faculty. Ideally, faculty will have already found students suited to and interested in working on the project. This tends to assure the best match. The Lowe Institute then simply approves and funds the project. In this case, please include the names of students that might be interested in working on the project. For faculty who have not identified student RAs, the Lowe Institute will solicit interest from students and match them with appropriate faculty projects. 

Proposals will be evaluated on (i) the feasibility of the idea, to be demonstrated with some modest level of detail on the approach, (ii) its relevance to economics and economic behavior, and (iii) the involvement of students in the research process. To ensure full consideration of your application, please submit your proposal to the Lowe Institute by May 2, 2022. 

Faculty will receive the first half of their stipend in the summer of 2022. Papers should be completed by June 1, 2023. Faculty who have not completed their project by June 1, 2023 will not receive the second half of their stipend until a completed draft of the manuscript has been submitted to the Working Paper Series of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy.