Program Description

PARCC is pleased to announce its annual mini-grant program to honor the life and legacy of John Burdick (1959-2020), a professor of anthropology at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs and a champion of PARCC. The program is designed to support faculty and graduate student projects that conduct research on social movements and social change, or employ community-based research methods (e.g., ethnography, intensive fieldwork, action research) in partnership with social movement organizations.

This year PARCC will award up to $5,000 in mini-grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 each. Funds may be used for research activities including but not limited to data acquisition, fieldwork, survey design, and research assistance. Funds may not be used for general conference travel or salaries. Proposals will be evaluated and selected based on their consistency with program goals, potential contribution to scholarship and activism, possibility of future funding, and cost-effectiveness.

Application Instructions

Mini-grant applications should be no more than 4 pages (not including references) and consist of two parts:

(1) a Research Proposal (up to 3 pages) that describes the subject of the research, how it connects to the PARCC research area(s), its potential contributions, methods, and anticipated outcomes, and

(2) a Budget (up to 1 page) showing how the requested funds would be spent.

Student applicants must also include a letter of support from a faculty advisor.

Please submit your proposal to with the subject line “John Burdick Mini-Grant Proposal.” The deadline for applications is April 15, 2024. A committee of faculty will rank proposals and notice of awards will be provided within 3 weeks.

Grantee Obligations

At the conclusion of the project, grant awardees will be asked to present their final work at a PARCC Conversations in Conflict Studies session and to provide one or more contributions to the PARCC blog or a brief (about 500 words) summary for use on the PARCC website. PARCC should be recognized in any published work emerging from the supported research project.


Contact Catherine Gerard ( and Tara Slater ( with questions.

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