Application Information for 2013-2014 START Terrorism Research Award
Applications are encouraged from individuals who:
- Are currently enrolled in a doctoral program or have completed a doctoral program no earlier than 2008;
- Have a background in the social or behavioral sciences (including anthropology, criminology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology);
- Are engaged in research related to the START Center's research agenda, including projects examining aspects of:
- terrorist group formation and recruitment;
- behavior of terrorist groups; or
- societal responses to terrorism;
- Have the support of a START investigator, who has agreed to serve as the nominee's mentor for the fellowship year; and
- Have not received more than one previous START Terrorism Research Award (TRA).
Applications from minorities and women are especially encouraged.
Please note: Junior faculty members receiving financial support from START are not eligible to apply for the award. Graduate students on a START-funded research assistantship, however, are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Terrorism Research Award Program
Requirements of Terrorism Research Award Recipients
It is expected that all Terrorism Research Award (TRA) recipients will be actively engaged in research related to the study of terrorism and responses to terrorism during their award year, and that they will use their START TRA funds to support that research, as well as to advance their professional development. Specifically, START requires that TRA recipients:
- Attend the September 2013 START Annual Meeting in College Park, MD, and present a three-minute “quick-fire” presentation on their research;
- Attend the September 2014 START Annual Meeting in College Park, MD, and present both a three-minute “quick-fire” presentation and a poster on the research they have completed over the course of their award terms;
- Participate in eight of ten quarterly START TRA Program Webinars (a series of interactive, online meetings in which TRA recipients present their work and comment on the work of their colleagues);
- Submit quarterly research progress reports to START and to TRA mentors;
- Complete at least one START Research Brief during the award year;
- Meet regularly with START mentor to review progress;
- Acknowledge START funding in any products or publications that result from award-enabled research; and
- Remain in good standing with their home institutions.
Terrorism Research Award
START will award 10 Pre- and Post-Doctoral Terrorism Research Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. Funds will be paid directly to TRA recipients on a set schedule, assuming appropriate progress. Funds will be disbursed as follows:
- Payment 1: $2,000 to be disbursed on October 1, 2013
- Payment 2: $2,000 to be disbursed on April 1, 2014
- Payment 3: $1,000 to be disbursed on October 1, 2014
- In addition to these payments directly to TRAs, START will pay for TRAs' travel to and participation in the 2013 START Annual Meeting and the 2014 START Annual Meeting.
- Please note that a delay in START's receipt of funding for academic year 2013-2014 may require a shift in these dates.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
- Completed application form [Pre-Doctoral Terrorism Research Award Application Form | Post-Doctoral Terrorism Research Award Application Form]; and
- A curriculum vitae.
These materials should be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
Mentor Letter of Support
In addition, mentors should submit a letter indicating support for the applicant and stating a willingness to work with the applicant throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Mentors should email these letters of support directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicant materials and mentor letters of support are due to START by May 1, 2013. Review of Applications will not start until application deadline has passed.
Review and Notification
A review committee will evaluate applications utilizing the following criteria:
- Project's alignment with START research goals;
- Project's capacity to expand START research portfolio;
- Applicant's relationship to his/her mentor (demonstrated in large part through recommendation letter);
- Applicant's demonstrated capacity to complete research;
- Application's clarity of deliverables;
- Application's clarity of research design; and
- Project's demonstrated need for funds.
START will announce its class of 2013-2014 Terrorism Research Award recipients by April 2013. Applicants will be notified of this announcement via email. The period of the 2013-2014 Terrorism Research Award will be from September 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014. Awards are contingent upon DHS approval.
Please note we will not be accepting applications for the Terrorism Research Awards for the academic year 2012-13.
Questions about the Terrorism Research Award program or the application process should be directed to email@example.com.