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Individual Grants for Graduate Students

Graduate students are eligible for grants of $1,500-$2,500, for research about work, workers, and their organizations. The primary purpose of these grants is to provide funding for research expenses. A broad range of research-related expenses can be covered, including travel costs and living expenses while traveling. These grants are not generally intended to cover everyday living expenses, however, for applicants whose research does not require travel outside of the Puget Sound area, it may be appropriate to give a grant as a stipend to cover local living expenses.

Applicants must demonstrate the significance of their proposed research to the interdisciplinary field of labor studies. Research may focus on any dimension of labor in the United States or abroad, including but not limited to class relations, the social conditions of work, the labor process, working-class culture or politics, work and gender, work and race/ethnicity, the relationship between labor and the state, unions, or comparative international labor relations. Proposals must indicate how the research is likely to generate important new information, interpretations, scholarly resources, and contributions to the applicant's discipline and field.

Grant recipients will be requested to make a short presentation at the University of Washington of their research within two years of receiving the grant. Grants must be used within two years of receiving the grant, while the recipient is a student.

A list of past awarded grants can be viewed by visiting the Bridges Center's Featured Research page.

Who is eligible

  • Any graduate student who is currently enrolled and will be enrolled the upcoming academic year (2014-2015)
  • Graduate students at all branches of the University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma)

Required application materials

  • A proposal which should not exceed 1000 words or 4 double-spaced, typed pages (12 pt. font)
  • A brief cover letter
  • A separate budget detailing how the requested funds would be spent and, if applicable, how this support would supplement other funds, fellowships, and grants
  • A brief letter of faculty support to accompany each application
  • Contact information, including email, mailing addresses, and phone number.

Selection of grant recipients will be made by the Standing Committee of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Recipients will be acknowledged at the Bridges Center's annual awards celebration.

Application Deadline

June 16, 2014

Send applications to

    Andrew Hedden, Program Coordinator
    Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
    University of Washington
    Box 353530
    hbcls@u.washington.edu