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PhD student wins Social Policy Research Grant

Jamie sommer

Jamie SommerJamie Sommer, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University, has received a research grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for her work, “Is Bilateral Environmental Aid Effective? A Cross-National Analysis of Forest Loss.” Sommer is one of 20 award winners chosen by the board of trustees from 535 applications.

“I am honored to receive the Horowitz Foundation research grant to continue my work on analyzing the effectiveness of bilateral aid at reducing environmental harms cross-nationally,” said Sommer. “This project is part of my larger research narrative, which aims to understand the role of the state in reducing forest loss. In particular, this grant will help me theoretically and empirically test what types of foreign bilateral environmental aid are most effective, considering the internal political and economic characteristics of receiving nations. The findings will help donors implement policies to ensure the delivery of their funds and that projects are improving the environment and reducing forest loss. I hope my research will help inform the U.S. and other high-income nations in how to increase the effectiveness of their aid to limit the loss of our world’s forests.”

“This year the foundation saw a marked increase in not just the number of applications, but also the number of applicants holding citizenship in other countries, although surprisingly all recipients attend U.S. institutions,” said Horowitz Foundation Chair Mary E. Curtis. “The winners were chosen by the trustees for their potential to contribute to social policy on both a global and local level. As we look forward to celebrating our 20th year in 2018, we hope to continue aiding international scholars at home and abroad.”

About the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 by Irving Louis Horowitz and Mary E. Curtis. Its general purpose is to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. Since inception, the foundation has awarded grants to more than 200 scholars from over 100 different universities around the world.

Applications for 2017 Awards
Award applications for next year open July 1, 2017, and all application materials are due on December 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to begin their application online as early as possible. Award winners for 2017 will be announced in May 2018. Additional information, including a list of previous recipients, is available on the Horowitz Foundation website.


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