The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) brings together workers’ rights advocates, academics, and students with the shared goal of building workplace and economic power for workers in the United States. One of the organization’s key objectives is to help develop the next generation of labor scholars while also linking these scholars to labor activists.
LRAN is pleased to announce a competition for seed grants ranging from $1500-$6,000 for graduate students and untenured faculty for research on U.S. labor-focused projects, broadly defined. Proposals will be judged on the basis of overall quality, but projects with direct relevance to workers and worker rights organizations may be given priority. Graduate student applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, and students in all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Applicants may submit research projects of their own design and all proposals on labor in the U.S. will be enthusiastically considered. That said, we are particularly interested in proposals that relate to the “gig” or “on-demand” economy, including its economic and cultural effects on communities, unionized industries, or public services; its implications for worker organizing and power; its legal and regulatory strategies; and its workers.
Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes the following information:
- A brief project proposal (no more than two pages, single-spaced).
- A detailed budget that explains how seed funds will be used. LRAN grant money may not be used for overhead, tuition or fees at the applicant’s university. Funds will be disbursed as reimbursement for budgeted research expenses.
- If the proposed project is in collaboration with a union or other worker organization, the name, email and phone number for the applicant’s contact at the organization.
Completed applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “LRAN New Scholars Research Grant” in the subject line. Grantees will be asked to report on their research at the annual LRAN Conference June 24-25, 2016 in Chicago, for which travel expenses will be covered. Deadline for the application is January 31, 2016, with winners announced by March 15, 2016.
For more information on LRAN, see http://www.lranetwork.org.