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Research and Funding

Learn about the research our program has funded and how to get funding for your own research.

Departments supported

To date, our program has supported more than $570,000 in faculty and graduate student research, conferences and symposia across the departments of:

  • Anthropology
  • Art history
  • Communication studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

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Proposal Guidelines

General guidelines for how our funding can be used, how it is acquired and which members of the Northwestern community are eligible to receive funding.

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We are not offering graduate student research funding for summer 2021.

Research themes

Our program's research support is not limited to a particular country or world region. The gift from the Rajawali Foundation specifies that we should “engage the sorts of issues and challenges countries like Indonesia face.” This covers wide areas of the developing and post-colonial world, broad sweeps of history and a range of disciplines. We support research related to the following core themes:

  • Institutional transformation
  • Rule of law
  • Boundaries and property
  • Democracy, participation and equality
  • Conflict, tolerance and rights
  •  Stratification and Marginalization
  • Oligarchs and elites
  • Historical influences and legacies
  • Global, national and subnational dimensions of development
  • Growth and sustainability

Our research

Funded research

See a list of research funding awarded by year and supported projects.

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Read one of our 51 working papers. Papers cover research topics relevant to the problems facing Indonesia.

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