ISERP Supported Conferences

The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is pleased to issue a request for conference proposals for the 2016-17 academic year.  Up to two conferences will be funded.

Proposals will be evaluated on their intellectual merit and coherence, and their judicious use of funding.  These conferences must take place at Columbia University. Conferences can focus on a single substantive or methodological topic or problem, on an event or policy, or on a set of intellectually-related issues.  We especially encourage conference proposals that engage the Division of Social Science’s strategic planning themes:

  • Data and Society
  • Understanding Inequality
  • Being Human (e.g., social behavior, values and ethics, the experimental turn)
  • Urbanisms and Environments
  • Identity, Community, and Difference
  • Justice and Democracy

Conferences that are collaborative and involve faculty from more than one discipline will be given special consideration.

Application Guidance:

Faculty, research scholars, and research scientists within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and SIPA are eligible to apply for ISERP conference funding.  At least one applicant per conference team must be a full-time faculty member.  Applicants are required to identify ISERP’s sponsorship on all conference announcements and materials.

Applicants should submit:

  • A 2-page proposal that describes the proposed conference, its goals and scholarly relevance, and its structure and organization. 
  • Include a proposed list of speakers and panels. 
  • Specify the conference’s intended audience, its size, and whether the conference is open to the university community and to the public. 
  • A detailed budget and budget justification, and should include all sources of funding. 
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to ISERP

Duration: One (1) Year

Award Amount: Up to $ 25k.  Funding can cover travel and lodging, refreshments or meals, and a small stipend for a graduate students and honoraria.

Application Deadline: March 28, 2016

Start Date: July 1, 2016

Please contact ISERP  with any questions on this process.



Previous Conferences

Disciplinary Perspectives on Gene-Environment Interactions:  Economics, Sociology, and Political Science (May 9, 2012)

VIII Annual Meetings of the LACEA / IADB / WB/ UNDP Research Network on Inequality and Poverty (April 20, 2012) — The NIP is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, as well as on the whole range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence their dynamics.

Business and Politics: Which Drives Which (February 24, 2012) — Politics and Business appear more intertwined than ever because politics is so salient and ubiquitous in the current American drama in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the policy debates over health, the budget, and regulatory reform policies. This conference explores this overlap.

Indigenous Spaces: Pushing the Boundaries of History, Bodies, Geographies, and Politics (February 15, 2012) — This daylong graduate student colloquium featured two panel discussions and a keynote by Scott Richard Lyons entitled "Native Modernity and the Crisis of Culture."

Beyond Security: Democratic Contestations in Bangladesh and Pakistan (October 14 & 15, 2011)

Injured Cities, Urban Afterlives (October 14 & 15, 2011) — In a series of presentations and conversations, an international group of artists, writers, activists and individuals directly affected by urban injury will imagine creative modes of reinvention in response to urban disasters.

Inventing Global Health: Conflicts and Concepts (October 14, 2011) — During the past decade, few fields have experienced such significant growth as the field of global health. Yet, while much of this growth is very recent, the intellectual roots of this rapidly expanding field are much deeper, and its historical foundations have been built over a longer history. This seminar explored three overlapping themes: intellectual paradigms, institutions, and policies that have shaped and been shaped by different understandings of the global.