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Fabian T. Pfeffer"I used the Freedman Fund award to support a two week research stay at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) to expand a cross-national comparative research on the relationship between parents\' wealth and their children\'s status outcomes to Sweden and to an exciting new type of data source, namely population-level registry data on wealth based on tax records. The registry data accessible at SOFI turned out to be such an impressive collection of data that it will sustain a long-term collaboration that engages in the study of many different aspects around the issue of wealth and opportunities for years to come. This first research trip was a great way to jumpstart this collaboration and has already lead to a first manuscript comparing the degree of wealth inequality in educational and occupational opportunities in the United States, Sweden, and Germany."

--Fabian T. Pfeffer (Freedman fund recipient, 2011)
[Project Abstract]

PSC Initiatives Fund

Purpose: Using funds from the Grace T. Brown Endowment in combination with PSC overhead, PSC will provide a fund of up to $50,000 each year to support PSC researchers whose projects do not qualify for endowments targeted toward international projects. Priority will be given to domestic-themed projects and research.

Eligibility: PSC trainees (predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows), and PSC Research Affiliates appointed prior to September 1 of the RFA year are eligible to apply.

Support: Applicable uses of funds include, but are not limited to: travel, salary support, data procurement, data collection, and coordination with colleagues, both domestically and internationally. Funds may also be used to support mini-conferences or workshops, or to provide student salaries for working directly with faculty on research projects.

Application Procedure: Small Grant RFAs are generally issued in December. To streamline the process of applying for PSC's six endowment funds, we use a single Small Grants Application Form for all funds. The PSC Advisory Committee evaluates all proposed activities and determines the most appropriate funding source for those accepted. For additional information, you can consult a list of funded activities in prior years.

Annual schedule:

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made Grants Begin
Dec 20 Jan 31 Feb 28 March 1