The Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics supports research by students and ladder faculty working in development economics, broadly defined. The program funds projects that address a wide range of issues affecting less developed countries.

The Weiss Fund invites Expressions of Interest. Deadlines, eligibility details, and application instructions, as well as the types of projects that have been funded in the past, are outlined below.

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Weiss Fund research and  implementation and policy applications greater than $25k will be considered twice a year in the Spring and Fall. We expect the Spring and Fall Weiss Fund Calls to run on roughly the following schedule:

  • FALL
    • Applications for Fall 2024 closes August 25, 2024
    • Decisions communicated mid-December
  • ¬†SPRING
    • Next tentative deadline is January 31, 2025
    • Decisions communicated in June

Weiss Fund travel, pilot, implementation and policy applications under $25k will be considered on a bi-monthly (6 times per year) schedule, and the committee strives to report decisions within a month after a given submission deadline. The application portal will be opened 6 weeks before a given submission deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and extensions will not be granted for this program. If necessary, incomplete applications will need to be resubmitted during the following open cycle.

Upcoming deadlines for travel, pilot, implementation and policy grants under $25k are:

  • August 25, 2024
  • November 1, 2024
  • January 1, 2025
  • March 1, 2025
  • May 1, 2025

RESEARCH GRANTS | Fall 2024 closes august 25 (Applications >$25k)

TRAVEL AND PILOTING GRANTS | Rolling basis (Applications <$25k)

IMPLEMENTATION & POLICY GRANTS | Rolling basis (Applications <$25k), Spring and Fall (Applications >$25k)


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