EGC Research Awards

EGC aims to support Yale doctoral student research in international development through a number of grant opportunities. For all opportunities, use the grant application templates provided here.

1.    Sylff Research Awards

Approximately four grants for research in economic development will be awarded each year. The award competition is open to all economics department graduate students in their third or subsequent years. To learn more about the Sylff Program at EGC, click here.

2.    Evenson Fund Travel Research Awards

EGC awards research grants to support data collection and travel to less developing countries to graduate students and new faculty in the Yale economics department in honor and memory of Professor Robert E. Evenson. To learn more about the life of Professor Evenson and the Evenson Fund, click here

3.    EGC Covid response dissertation fieldwork assistance

Funding for Yale economics doctoral students whose fieldwork in support of their dissertation requirements has been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Grant funding is intended to be used immediately, to enable students to bring ongoing projects to successful completion. 

4.    EGC PhD Dissertation Research Grant

EGC awards funding of up to $25,000 for Yale PhD students undertaking travel and field research related to themes of international development in pursuit of their dissertation requirements.

5.    EGC Secondary Data Acquisition Grant

EGC is able to provide funds to PhD students from across Yale to acquire secondary data focused on research topics in international development.

Learn about past research award recipients.

External Research Funding

EGC provides in-kind support to PhD students applying to external entities for research funds that would be administered at Yale, such as to the opportunities below:

  1. Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics. Students working in Development Economics, broadly defined, are eligible for support through the Weiss Fund for Research
  2. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) offers travel grant and pilot funds through sponsorship by Yale faculty who are J-PAL affiliates. A recent example is a call for proposals through the Governance Initiative.

In-kind support for grant applications typically includes:

  • Budget preparation
  • Review of proposal documents and coordination with FRMS and OSP entities to meet Yale proposal submission requirements.
  • Coordination with implementing partners for required inputs. 

If you are planning to apply to one of these or another external grant opportunity and would like support from EGC, please email, ideally at least 4 weeks before the sponsor deadline.

PhD Fellowship Awards

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) 

Approximately five Sylff Fellowship Awards will be made each year to the most promising 3rd and 4th year economics PhD students in development economics. The fellowship awards will be allocated by the Sylff Committee, which will meet each year to determine the recipients of these fellowships for the following academic year. These awards will be in the form of a full or partial tuition award to the Yale Graduate School, plus up to $2000 in funds for the purchase of data or other justified expenses related to the student’s dissertation research. The Sylff Fellows will receive priority in the allocation of office space for graduate students in the Economic Growth Center. Recipients of these awards who are in their third year may request they be deferred to their fourth year, but they should expect their candidacy in the later year will be reevaluated as part of the competitive pool in that subsequent year. There are no applications for these awards.

Current and past Sylff fellows

Carlos F. Diaz-Alejandro Memorial Fund 

The Carlos F. Diaz-Alejandro Memorial Fund was established in 1986 in memory of Professor Diaz, who was a Yale Economic Professor specializing in Latin American economies. The fund aims to assist Latin Americans to pursue graduate and post-doctoral work in Economics at Yale.