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Student Research Prize -- Call for Proposals

(Submission Deadline: March 7, 2014)

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy is pleased to announce its third annual Research Prize competition to fund innovative student research in environmental policy. The Center will award prizes up to $7,500 for proposals that offer the most promising combination of original research and potential environmental policy impact.

The mission of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy is to advance cutting-edge environmental thinking and rigorous policy analysis. Ideally, applicants will seek to align their research with the Center’s mission and primary research lines in environmental law and governance and environmental performance measurement. This year the Center plans to fund two projects, at least one of which will ideally focus on hydraulic fracturing, but all proposals will receive consideration regardless of the substantive focus. The originality, analytical soundness, and policy significance of the proposed research will be the most important evaluative criteria.

The competition is open to all graduate and professional students within Yale University. Preference may be given to students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Law School.

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit the following information:

  1. A research proposal of no more than 5 pages (single spaced, 12-point font) with a narrative that includes the following:
    1. A clear statement of the research question;
    2. A brief review of the relevant literature;
    3. A description of the proposal’s research methods and anticipated data sources;
    4. An explanation of the scholarly significance and policy impact of the proposed research and its potential findings;
    5. A brief timeline of the proposed project and its anticipated completion date; and
    6. A bibliography.
  2. The applicant’s resume, anticipated graduation date, and faculty advisor information and contact details.
  3. A project budget.

Eligibility

The competition is open to all graduate and professional students within Yale University. Preference may be given to students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Law School.

Funding

Each Research Prize will provide up to $7,500 in funding for a student research project. The funding will be unrestricted, but must be spent in accordance with the submitted project budget and Yale University policies. Funds may be used for travel, equipment, supplies, or other needs related to the project. Unused funds will not be distributed and must be returned to the Center for Environmental Law and Policy.

Proposal Deadline

Applicants must submit proposals by March 7, 2014. Applications must be e-mailed in pdf format to the Center’s Associate Director, Josh Galperin, joshua.galperin@yale.edu as well as the Center’s Program Coordinator, Susanne Stahl, susanne.stahl@yale.edu, by the deadline. Please contact Josh Galperin if you have any questions regarding the submission of your proposal.

Reporting Requirements

Prizewinners will be required to submit a progress report midway through the award period with a final report due after completion of the proposed research. By applying, prize winners agree to allow the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy to use application materials and research updates for outreach and communications purposes, including, but not limited to, inclusion on the website, newsletter, and social networking venues.

Award Announcement

The Center will evaluate the applications and make award decisions by March 24, 2014.

 



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