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Grants for Survey Experiments in the Social Sciences

Description: The Center for American Democracy invites applications for small grants to support survey experiments in the social sciences. The grants will help cover the cost of conducting public opinion surveys with embedded experiments in the United States. The maximum size of a small grant is $2,000.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Stanford PhD students in Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, the Law School, the Graduate School of Education, or the Graduate School of Business. 

We will invite all grant recipients to become graduate fellows of the Center for American Democracy.

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The American National Election Studies (ANES)

Why do Americans vote as they do on Election Day? The Center for American Democracy runs the online component of American National Election Studies (ANES), which conducts a nationwide survey  to collective high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists. The ANES is supported by a quadrennial grant from the National Science Foundation, which is administered by IRiSS.

History of the ANES

The ANES is the longest political time series in the world, with data from every U.S. presidential election since Harry Truman’s unexpected victory in 1948.  An online Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior provides easy access to tables and graphs that display the ebb and flow of public opinion, electoral behavior, and choice in American politics over time. 

More information

For more information about the American National Election Studies, visit the study website.