The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


02/17 The Tobin Project: Democracy & Markets

The Tobin Project seeks applications from doctoral students and law students undertaking work related to its initiatives in Democracy & Markets. This program fosters rigorous research on real-world problems pertaining to the political economy of modern market democracies, especially but not exclusively the United States.

The deadline for applications is February 17.


The Tobin Project seeks to foster innovative interdisciplinary research that addresses major challenges facing society. Toward this end, the Tobin Project builds its research inquiries around questions of lasting public and academic importance—questions whose answers could contribute to understanding and improving public life.


Doctoral students from all disciplines and law students who are considering original research on these and related topics are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tobin Project works with leading scholars with backgrounds ranging from economics and political science to history, behavioral psychology, sociology, law, and anthropology.




The fellowship is intended to partially or fully support research expenses and provide general support to graduate students working on topics related to Democracy & Markets. Most awards will not exceed $2,000; any additional research costs should be noted in the budget and will be considered if funding is available.


Fellowship recipients will attend regular forum meetings in Cambridge, MA or New Haven, CT (placement determined by fellow’s location), where they will present final or in-progress outcomes of their research at the Tobin Project’s Graduate Student Forum. The forum provides an interdisciplinary seminar-style environment for fellowship recipients and other selected graduate students to receive feedback on their research. The forum will meet approximately once a month during the 2014–2015 academic year. There will also be an introductory meeting in the spring of 2014.



  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Project title and short abstract (1 paragraph)
  • Research proposal (2–3 pages). Please include the following in the proposal: The question(s) your research aims to address, research methodology and initial hypotheses, connection to the Tobin Project’s research initiatives, expected outcomes (e.g. journal article, dissertation chapter, etc.) and a timeline, potential impact of the project in the academic literature and/or the policy world, budget.
  • Name and contact information for faculty adviser(s)

Please e-mail application materials as a single PDF to In the subject line, please indicate that you are applying to the Democracy & Markets (D&M) Forum.


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