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Congressional Research Awards Announcement

DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than February 1, 2008.

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund
research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. A total of up to
$30,000 will be available in 2008. Awards range from a few hundred dollars
to $3,500. 
The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying
Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public
administration or American studies, and journalists are among those
eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully
defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant
portion of the funds for dissertation research. 

The awards program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study.
Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals
are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed
against a Congressional Research Award. 

There is no standard application form. Applicants are responsible for
showing the relationship between their work and the awards program
guidelines. Applications are accepted at any time. Applications which exceed
the page limit and incomplete applications will NOT be forwarded to the
screening committee for consideration. 

All application materials must be received on or before February 1, 2008.
Awards will be announced in March 2008. Complete information about
eligibility and application procedures may be found at The Center's Web
site: Frank Mackaman is
the program officer --

The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is
a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization
devoted to the study of Congress and its leaders. Since 1978, the
Congressional Research Awards (formerly the Congressional Research Grants)
program has paid out $680,000 to support 350 projects. 

Cindy Koeppel
The Dirksen Congressional Center

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