The Global Poverty Research Lab aims to use empirical evidence and interdisciplinary engagement to understand drivers, consequences and solutions to poverty issues around the world. As part of its mission, the Lab provides general research support to Northwestern faculty and graduate students investigating the issues related to global poverty, including but not limited to research involving randomized control trials.

Funding Opportunities

Several funding opportunities are available:
  • Data Purchase. ($5,000 max) Funding is available to purchase data provided it can be made available to the wider Northwestern research community.
  • Research Assistance. ($5,000 max) Limited funding is available to assist with data cleaning, data analysis, etc., for a specific research project.
  • Small Travel Grants. ($5,000 max) To support travel to developing countries to investigate research feasibility, to set up a research project or to facilitate collaboration with key partners.
  • Pilot Studies. ($20,000 max) To support piloting surveys and testing interventions.

Proposal Submission

All Northwestern University faculty and graduate students with research interests in development are eligible to apply.

Complete the GPRL funding application form and email to

Submission Deadline

The deadline is rolling and decisions will be made within a few weeks of submission.


Questions regarding funding opportunities should be directed to

Pages in Global Poverty Research Lab