Grants for Graduate Students

C.E.L.S.S. awards grants for both graduate students' experimental projects and experimental dissertation chapters. Please click below for information on the respective grants.

C.E.L.S.S. provides funding to support promising experimental projects by graduate students. Applications are accepted both for studies conducted in the lab and for studies conducted online.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  1. The proposal
  2. An appendix with experimental materials
  3. The budget
  4. The applicant’s CV
  5. The endorsement of a faculty advisor

Applications will be evaluated competitively by a committee of referees.

The proposal should outline briefly the basic rationale of the research, the question under study, the relevance of an experiment to the project, and the experimental procedures. Its maximum length is 1,500 words, excluding bibliography. Please note that longer proposals will not be considered.

The appendix should contain materials that demonstrate what the experiment will look like. Examples of such materials include experimental instructions, questions, or screenshots. 

The maximum budget is $2,000. However, if the application concerns a brand new experimental project, it is strongly recommended to apply for a seed grant of $1,000 or less for running a pilot experiment. Upon successful completion of the pilot, a summary of preliminary results and a new budget can be submitted requesting an additional $1,000. The bulk of the budget should be payments to experimental subjects, in line with the guidelines in ORSEE. Additional miscellaneous expenses linked to the experiment, such as printing, can be included. Exceptions to the $1,000 limit can be requested but must be strongly motivated and have a low probability of acceptance. The committee retains the discretion to allocate fewer funds than requested.

Please note that the funding allocation expires at the end of the second semester following the grant. Unused funds will be reappropriated by C.E.L.S.S.

The endorsement of a faculty advisor can be a short email to the CELSS director ([email protected]), CCing the CELSS manager ([email protected]). The advisor needs to state explicitly that he/she will be responsible for following the progress of the project. Please also include a copy of this email in the application package.

The applicant should submit the items mentioned above in electronic form in a single compressed folder, and send the application to the CELSS manager, at [email protected]. The title of the e-mail should be “Application for CELSS Funding” and the name of the compressed file should be “LastnameFirstname_CelssFundingApp”.

Eligibility

Applicants must be advanced doctoral students at Columbia in Economics, Political Science, SIPA, the Business School, or in a department affiliated with ISERP.

Requests for clarification

Questions concerning this call for proposal and the use of the lab can be addressed to the CELSS manager, at [email protected], or to the CELSS director at [email protected].

C.E.L.S.S. provides funding to support promising experimental projects by graduate students. Applications are accepted both for studies conducted in the lab and for studies conducted online.

Application Requirements

The application must include

  1. A cover letter, including the name of the workshop or colloquium where the proposal has been presented
  2. An appendix with experimental materials
  3. A paper or presentation slides summarizing the results from the initial CELSS grant
  4. The budget
  5. The applicant’s CV
  6. A statement detailing additional sources of funding for the project (successful, pending, and rejected applications)
  7. The name of the workshop or colloquium where the proposal has been presented
  8. The endorsement of the student’s thesis adviser

The cover letter (maximum 2 pages) should outline briefly the basic rationale of the research, the question under study, and the experimental procedures. Please note that the length constraint will be enforced strictly.

The appendix should contain materials that demonstrate what the experiment will look like. Examples of such materials include experimental instructions, questions, or screenshots. 

The maximum budget is $4,000. All applicants must show a good faith effort of obtaining funding from external sources.

Please note that the funding allocation expires at the end of the second semester following the grant. Unused funds will be reappropriated by C.E.L.S.S.

The endorsement of a faculty advisor can be a short email to the CELSS director ([email protected]). TThe adviser needs to state explicitly that he/she (1) is familiar with the work done so far, (2) is confident that the project can produce a high quality dissertation chapter; (3) will be responsible for following the progress of the project.

The applicant should submit the items mentioned above in electronic form in a single compressed folder, and send the application to the CELSS manager, at [email protected]. The title of the e-mail should be “Application for CELSS Funding; Dissertations” and the name of the compressed file should be “LastnameFirstname_CelssFundingApp”.

Eligibility

The funds are restricted to doctoral students who have previously obtained a graduate student seed grant from CELSS and can demonstrate that the project has high probability of becoming part of their dissertations. Applicants must show a good faith effort of obtaining funding from external sources. In addition, the proposal must have been presented at a workshop or colloquium with some faculty presence (for example, in the Economics department: a field colloquium, the Cognition and Decision Lab meeting, or the Experimental Lunch).

Applicants must be advanced doctoral students at Columbia in Economics, Political Science, SIPA, the Business School, or in a department affiliated with ISERP.

Requests for clarification

Questions concerning this call for proposal and the use of the lab can be addressed to the CELSS manager, at [email protected], or to the CELSS director at [email protected].

External Grant Opportunities

Check this page for a list of other grant opportunities outside Columbia University.