Need something to keep you occupied over winter break? The Hamilton Project, an initiative at the Brookings Institution, announces $25,000 in prizes for the best innovative policy proposals written by undergraduate and graduate students. The top undergraduate student proposal will be awarded $10,000 and the top graduate student proposal will be awarded $15,000. In addition to the cash prizes, the winners will be invited to present their policy proposals to the Hamilton Project Advisory Council (which includes two former Treasury Secretaries as well as leaders from business, academia, and the public policy community). The winners may also be invited to turn their proposals into discussion papers issued by the Project.
Criteria for evaluating the proposals include (a) the rigor of the evidence supporting the proposal; (b) the importance and relevance of the policy problem addressed; and (c) the degree to which the proposal is both innovative and consistent with the Hamilton Project's strategic goals, as described in "An Economic Strategy to Advance Opportunity, Prosperity, and Growth" Proposals in the areas of education, health care, social insurance, science and technology policy, tax policy, energy, and saving policy are particularly welcome.
The Hamilton Project Economic Policy Innovation Prize is open to students at accredited United States Institutions. In order to qualify, both undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled with their institution at the time their proposals are submitted to The Hamilton Project.
Proposals should be submitted in electronic form to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 5:00 pm eastern time on Friday, June 1, 2007. A selection committee will review the applications and the winners will be notified in September 2007.
For more information about the Hamilton Project, please visit www.hamiltonproject.org