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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has announced the recipients of its annual “Challenges to Democracy Grant” program. In its inaugural year, this grant program devotes $350,000 in support of HKS faculty as well as doctoral and post-doctoral student research that explores both the ideals of democracy and its often imperfect practice in the real world. This year, the Ash Center will fund five HKS faculty research projects; four HKS faculty-led seminars; two doctoral fellowships for HKS and other Harvard graduate students; and one post-doctoral fellowship.
“We are pleased to offer such a substantial amount of funding to support research on strengthening democratic practices and the institutional innovation that is necessary to maintain and expand democratic participation and engagement around the world” said Tony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “We hope that this support will engage Harvard’s intellectual community in the exploration of key challenges in these areas and that it will also push ahead not just our thinking, but also our curriculum design.”
The 2012 grant recipients demonstrate a range of diverse interests and topics falling under three broad themes related to the study of democracy: Democracy in Hard Places; Innovations in Democracy; and Public Sector Innovation. From exploring the most creative local and regional innovations that solve urgent social problems to examining the causes and historical challenges that have prevented democracy from taking root in certain world regions, such research promises to further enrich the School’s scholarship around the study of democracy and serve as the basis for many forthcoming Ash Center seminars, research groups, and workshops.
Faculty Research Grantees:
Faculty Workshop Grantees:
Doctoral Fellowship Recipients:
At press time, only one doctoral fellowship has been finalized. The second fellowship recipient will be announced shortly.
Post-Doctoral Democracy Fellowship Recipient: