New Scholars Grant Program

The AEFP New Scholars Grant Program supports promising research by master’s and doctoral students whose research addresses education finance and policy. The program also aims to promote new scholars’ participation in the AEFP community.


Individuals who (as of the date of submission: December 31, 2017) are enrolled in a doctoral or terminal master’s degree program.

New Scholar Award                                

  • A $500 award to recognize promising research.
  • Plaque presented at the AEFP Annual Conference.
  • Up to 3 recipients will be selected.

Award recipients will be expected to attend the 2018 AEFP Conference to be presented with their plaque and funding.


A successful application will describe a research project that is:

  • Relevant for the research or practice of education finance and policy
  • Using appropriate methodology
  • Clearly explained
  • Feasible
  • Innovative

Submission Requirements

Applications must include:

  1. A cover page with the applicant’s name and contact information, title of project, source of data, and the date and institution of master’s or doctoral degree expected.
  2. A project proposal, which should address:
    • Issue to be investigated
    • Issue to be investigated
    • Research methodology
    • Data sources to be used
    • Importance and relevance of the issue to education finance and policy
    • Project descriptions should be concise (not to exceed 1,800 words including any appendices) yet provide sufficient detail to enable reviewers to judge the merits of the proposed project.
  3. Applications must include a letter of support from someone familiar with the student’s ability to complete the proposed research project (e.g., dissertation chair, faculty member, or supervisor). Letters can be emailed to the Awards Committee Chair separately from the application.

Application Information

  • All applications should be submitted in one PDF document to the AEFP Awards Committee Chair Matthew Chingos at with “2018 New Scholars Grant Application” in the subject heading.
  • Deadline: December 31, 2017.