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Ronald McKinnon Memorial Fellowship

The Ronald McKinnon Memorial Fellowship honors Professor Ronald I. McKinnon’s memory by funding one to two outstanding graduate research projects per year in the areas of international economics, international finance, and economic development.

A total of $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded each year. Awards prioritize projects requesting coverage of direct research costs (e.g., travel, field expenses, and data acquisition).

Awards will be announced within one month of the application deadline and funds awarded must be spent within six months of the award. If the project involves human subjects, funds will not be disbursed until grantees obtain IRB approval.

To apply:

  • Graduate students should review the eligibility and budget guidelines below.
  • 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, Room 310A, Stanford, CA 94305.

Eligibility and expectations 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 of 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
  • Fellowship recipients will write two thank-you letters to the donor after receiving award and after the 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 project’s outcomes)
  • Fellowship recipients may also be invited to discuss their work at a workshop or seminar organized by the Center

About the project description (not to exceed two pages)

Upload (PDF or Word) a cogent summary of your proposed research written in a manner clear to non-specialists, not to exceed two pages. The pages should be single-spaced, use conventional margins, and be in 11 point font or larger. The proposal should show a clear path to a dissertation chapter. The selection committee is composed of a range of scholars and may not include specialists in your field.

About the budget (one page)

Sample budget.pdf

  • Upload one PDF or Word document, and please use a format similar to the sample budget provided.
  • Provide an itemized budget of all research-related expenses.
  • List anticipated sources of funding. Indicate which items would be supported by these funds and which are covered by other sources.
  • 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

  • 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 Center on behalf of the recipient, will be dispersed as Stipend Funding via the Graduate Financial Support (GFS) system. 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. Please note that proposals may be partially funded.