Call for Submissions: Best Policy Brief Award

The Inequality and Policy Research Center is pleased to announce the call for the 2020 Best Policy Brief Award.

The Best Policy Brief award recognizes student work in employing quantitative methodology in analysis of inequality and related phenomena affecting vulnerable, diverse communities.

Three winning projects will receive cash prizes of $300- $400. Selections will be based on the level of the research, quality of visualizations, and clarity of the presentation. The winning projects will be published on the IPRC website.

Awardees will be recognized at the IPRC event in February 2020.

Rising inequality within and between countries continues to affect human experiences throughout the globe. Motivating and strengthening scholarly interest in various aspects of inequality is of fundamental interest to the Center. We invite research studies on political, economic, social, health, educational, labor and environmental aspects of inequality and poverty as well as their impact on human well-being and strategies to advance socially-equitable policies.

Deadline for Submission:

5 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020


Currently enrolled MA and PhD Students from across the Claremont Graduate University are invited to participate in the IPRC 2020 Best Policy Brief Award.

Submission of applications and selection:

Check out the Guidelines for Policy Briefs for detailed information.

All Policy Briefs together with the cover page and abstract should be submitted to

For further information, please contact IPRC Research Coordinator Rena Salayeva


A Policy Brief should be between 900-1000 words and have the following structure:

[Without subtitles]

Introduction (2 paragraphs, ~250 words)
• Background (3-4 sentences)
• Definition of the problem (3-5 sentences)
• Purpose of the study (2-3 sentences)
Data and methods (2 paragraphs, ~250 words)
• Research question or hypothesis (3-4 sentences)
• Data sources (2-3 sentences)
• Definition of variables of interest 3-4 sentences)
• Methods/techniques (2-3 sentences)
Discussion of results (2 paragraphs, ~250 words)
• Graphs and tables
• Interpretation of key results (2-3 sentences)
• Policy implications of results (5-7 sentences)
Conclusion (2 paragraph, ~250 words)
• Brief summary of findings and recommendations (4-6 sentences)