Proposal Instructions

The proposal consists of:

Parts 1 and 2 should be typewritten in a font no smaller than 12 points, with margins no smaller than one inch, on single-sided, double-spaced pages and should not exceed 10 pages.

Part 3 (the bibliography) should not exceed two single-sided, single-spaced pages.

Proposals should be thorough and written in non-technical prose. For further suggestions on proposal writing, visit our website (www.ssrc.org) and look for The Art of Writing Proposals, a short guide by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon.

Although English is preferred, proposals may be submitted in other languages. Fellowship work may also be carried out in languages other than English. In the case of proposals not written in English, the applicant is responsible for providing a high quality translation in English. Applicants should beware that translation errors or misinterpretations may render the proposal far less competitive than it would be otherwise.

I. Research Project

Your proposal should contain the following information. Each section should begin on a separate page with a clear heading (e.g., “Description”).

(NOTE: Joint fellowship proposals must clearly identify each applicant’s role in training and research.)

1. Description. Provide a description of your overall topic.
2. Problem. Specify the central problem your project addresses.  What are the crucial research questions, puzzles, or hypotheses?
3. Methodology. Describe the data sources and/or evidence to be drawn on to address your central problem. Where do you intend to look for this data/evidence? What are the methods and research operations you will undertake to collect, analyze, or interpret that data/evidence. As the Art of Writing Proposals says: “Do not just tell what you mean to achieve, tell how you will spend your time while doing it…a methodology is not just a list of research tasks but an argument as to why these tasks add up to the best attack on the problem…Be as specific as you possibly can about the activities you plan to undertake to collect information, and about the techniques you will use to analyze it,”
4. Context. Set your research question in the context of existing work or research in the topic area (if any). “Help your reader understand where the problem intersects the main…debates in your field and show how this inquiry puts established ideas to the test or offers new ones.”
5. Impact. Specify how the proposed research will contribute to knowledge, understanding, policies or practices in the field of conflict and peace.

Examples of research areas include:

II. Training Program

Please describe your proposed collaborative training program by answering the following questions:
1. Explain the intellectual background and preparation that you bring to the research and training program. You may propose a preparation period here to clarify your training needs and where the best place to train might be. The Program Committee may also suggest an initial period of preparation, if you have a good research idea but do not know where to train.
2. Explain why this particular collaborative training is necessary for your proposed research and how it will contribute to your intellectual and professional development.
3. Describe what activities this collaborative training will involve and where you propose to train. Identify the institution and individuals with whom you have been corresponding. If you are unsure where you want to train, you may contact Program staff for assistance. Propose a tentative institution rather than proposing no host at all.

III. Bibliography

Please include a bibliography not to exceed 2 pages single-spaced.  You may include materials cited directly in the main body of your proposal, as well as general references relevant to your project and the bodies of knowledge that your project addresses.

General Application Instructions: