Full proposal guidelines and criteria for assessment

The Effects of Race: Detailed guidelines for preparation of full proposals:

Full proposals will be by invitation only, and should follow guidelines 1-9 below. They should consist of eight sections, as described in full below:  a) an Introduction (including literature review); b) a Project Description; c) a Timeline; d) an Ethics Compliance and Data Management Statement; e) section describing modes of Dissemination of Results; f) a Bibliography; g) a Publication Agreement; and h) a Biographical Sketch. Full proposals from the supervisors of doctoral candidates who hope to work under the aegis of the project should follow guidelines 1-10.

  1. The Introduction (maximum 1000 words) should provide the intellectual background for your project in the context of the relevant literature. This section must include clear statements about how your project is new and innovative, and does not cover work that has been done before.
  2. The Project Description (maximum 1000 words) should provide a clear framing question, a description of the methods you will use to answer the question, and a summary of the activities you will undertake during the course of the project.
  3. The Timeline (maximum 250 words) should provide the sequence of activities you will undertake and an approximate duration for each of the activities. The overall duration of the project should be explained and defended here.
  4. The Ethics Compliance and Data Management Statement (maximum 250 words) should specify how you will meet the ethical guidelines for your home institution and that of Stellenbosch University (to which STIAS is affiliated) if your research will involve human subjects. If your project will involve the production of data in any form (qualitative or quantitative), you must state how the data will be managed, stored, and made available for other researchers upon completion of the project.
  5. Dissemination of Results (maximum 250 words) should describe the ways in which you plan to publish or otherwise distribute the results of your project. Plans for electronic publication or dissemination of work, public performance, or other should be described here.
  6. The Bibliography should list the references cited in the Introduction and Project Description.
  7. The Publication Agreement is a brief statement indicating that you agree to publish a paper about your project in an edited STIAS volume devoted to the “Effects of Race” project if your proposal is awarded.
  8. A Biographic Sketch (two pages only) constitutes the final section of the proposal. This should include :  a) a list of your undergraduate and graduate education and postdoctoral training (if applicable); b) a list, in reverse chronological order, of your academic/professional appointments beginning with the current appointment; c) a list of up to five publications or products (with complete citations) most closely related to the proposed project; d) a list of up to five other significant publications or products (with complete citations), whether or not related to the proposed project; and e) a list of current academic collaborators.
  9. Full proposals for a doctoral project should be written by the doctoral candidate but submitted by the candidate’s academic supervisor. Biographical Sketch for both the doctoral candidate and their academic supervisor should be submitted.
  10. Full proposals for a doctoral project should also include a Statement from the Doctoral Supervisor indicating that they take responsibility for making sure that the student fulfills the requirements of the project award, especially to points 4, 5, and 7 above.

Assessment procedures and criteria for full proposals:

Full proposals will be assessed by a STIAS committee composed of STIAS Fellows and, if appropriate, selected outside scholars. Proposals will be assessed using the same criteria applied to pre-proposals, with special attention paid to the uniqueness, feasibility, and practical applications of the proposed project. STIAS reserves the right not to make any awards if no suitable applications are received.

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