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Ronald McKinnon Memorial Fellowship

The Stanford Center for International Development is pleased to announce the Ronald McKinnon Memorial Fellowship. This fellowship honors Professor Ronald I. McKinnon’s memory by funding outstanding undergraduate and graduate research in the areas of international economics, international finance and economic development.
 
Applications for the fellowship are due February 27, 2017.
 
A total of $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded each year. Awards will prioritize projects requesting coverage of direct research costs (e.g., travel, field expenses, and data acquisition). Although there is no fixed number, it is envisioned that approximately 1-3 awards total will be made each year. 
 
Awards will be announced within one month of the application deadline and funds awarded will have to be spent within six months of the award. Funds will not be disbursed until grantees have obtained IRB approval for their research project (if applicable). 
 
Fellowship recipients are also expected to present their work at an annual fellow’s workshop, likely to be held each spring.
 
To apply, students should review the eligibility and budget guidelines below and then submit an online application, including a two-page project description, a detailed budget and timeline, faculty advisor letter of nomination, and a CV. Faculty advisor letters of nomination can be attached to the online application or delivered to Irina Lechtchinskaia at irinal1@stanford.edu or to 366 Galvez Street, Rm 310A, Stanford, CA 94305.
 

Eligibility for Graduate Students

  • Stanford doctoral students in any discipline who are making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Successful applicants must be registered in the quarter they receive funds. Grants will be issued by April.
  • Prior applicants may reapply for funding for different projects or may resubmit improved versions their earlier submissions.
  • Requests must be for expenses that are not covered through other sources of funding from external or university sources.
  • Applicants may simultaneously apply for other sources of funding, but may not accept multiple sources of funding for the same expenses.

Expectations for Graduate Students

Fellowship recipients are expected to write thank you letters to the donor after receiving award and after project is complete. The first note should include an abstract of the project and how the award will be used and the second note should include a brief description of the outcomes of the project.

Fellowship recipients are expected to present their work (at whatever stage) at an annual fellow’s workshop, likely to be held in the spring.

Eligibility and Expectations for Undergraduate Students

Fellowship recipients are expected to:

  • Major in Economics
  • Successfully complete Econ 198 (Junior Honors Seminar) during their research project
  • Continue to receive mentorship by their faculty advisor(s)
  • Successfully complete an honors thesis
  • Present their research at the end of senior year
  • Write thank you letters to the donor after receiving award and after project is complete
  • The first note should include an abstract of the project and how the award will be used
  • The second note should include a brief description of the outcomes of the project.

Applications

To apply, students should submit an online application, a two-page project description, a detailed budget and timeline, faculty advisor letter of nomination, and a CV. Faculty advisor letters of nomination can be attached to the application or delivered to Irina Lechtchinskaia at irinal1@stanford.edu or to 366 Galvez Street, Rm 310A, Stanford, CA 94305.

Project Description (not to exceed 2 pages)

Upload one PDF or Word document that provides a cogent summary of your proposed research written in a manner clear to non-specialists. The proposal should show a clear path to a dissertation chapter (graduate students) or to an honors thesis (undergraduate students). The selection committee is composed of a range of scholars and may not include specialists in your field. Project summaries must not exceed two pages. They should be single spaced, use conventional margins, and be in 11 point font or larger.

Budget (1 page)

Upload one PDF or Word document, and please use a format similar to the sample budget provided.

a. Provide an itemized budget of all research-related expenses.

b. List anticipated sources of funding. Indicate which items would be supported by these funds and which are covered by other sources.

c. The following expense categories WILL be considered appropriate for these funds:

  • travel costs (either domestic or international) associated with the proposed research
  • other special project costs such as purchase of datasets, production of questionnaires and surveys, or human subject costs
  • data entry or transcription costs
  • other activities directly related to the research

d. The following expense categories will NOT be considered appropriate for these funds:

  • salary payments to undergraduates
  • equipment purchase
  • travel costs for dependents and spouses
  • travel costs for job interviews
  • travel costs to attend or present at professional conferences
  • dissertation write-up grants
  • health insurance
  • course registration
  • Stanford tuition
  • language training

All funds, other than tickets purchased directly by the Stanford Center for International Development on behalf of the recipient, will be dispersed as Stipend Funding via the Graduate Financial Support (GFS) system for graduate students or as Fellowship Awards for undergraduates. These funds are taxable income, although no tax forms are generated by the university. International students may have taxes deducted before funds are released. Your budget may take the taxes on the fellowship into account, but the total request may not exceed $5,000. Please note that proposals may be partially funded.

Sample budget.pdf. Please use a similar format and level of detail.