The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund
research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. 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. Applications are accepted at any time, but
the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in
April. A total of up to $35,000 will be available in 2012.
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. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the
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.
Download the Word document -- Congressional Research Award Application -- and
complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or PDF
attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please insert the following in the Subject Line:
"CRA Application [insert your surname]." Thank you.
The Congressional Research Award Application contains the following elements:
Applicant Information, Congressional Research Award Project Description,
Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter, and Overhead
The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. This total does
NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver
Letter (one additional page). Applications which exceed the page limit and
incomplete applications will NOT be forwarded to the screening committee for
All application materials must be received on or before March 1, 2012. Awards
will be announced in April 2012.
Complete information about what kind of research projects are eligible for
consideration, what could a Congressional Research Award pay for, application
procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's
Website: http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRAs.htm. PLEASE READ
THOROUGHLY. 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
invested more than $840,000 to support over 400 projects.
Web site: http://www.dirksencongressionalcenter.org/