Ipsos Microgrant Awards for Innovative Research in the Social Sciences

A small number of MAPSS students receive microgrants through the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research and a generous donation from Ipsos - User Experience. These grants are awarded for MA theses that demonstrate innovative approaches to social scientific problems.

Timeline for Application

  • MAPSS + Ipsos UX Microgrant Info Session | Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 12-1p | Register on MA Connect
  • Applications Due | Friday, February 3, 2023 | APPLY NOW!  
  • Awards Made & Mentor Assigned | Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Graduation Celebration & Presentations | August 2023

Guidelines / Application

All applicants must submit a budget that accounts for the time and material costs of their proposed research project. A suite of resources and services are available with the award for projects where they are useful. These include use of Ipsos mentor time, facilities, and technical equipment and support. Applicants should include the monetary value of any services they expect to use in their complete budget. The services will be considered in-kind contributions to award recipients.  Applicants who seek additional funding for other project-related expenses are required to detail these expenses in their project budget, which, if awarded, will be met up to a maximum amount of $500.

It is important to remind all applicants that their thesis project is entirely theirs. It should be developed and managed in conjunction with the applicant’s faculty supervisor and should meet their expectations. Any advice and support provided by the award or by Ipsos mentors will strictly support the faculty-directed project. It is important for students to keep this in mind and to have the grant fit into their project rather than the other way around.

The grant guidelines describe the suite of services included in the awards and provide examples and rough estimates of typical project expenses to assist applicants with additional budgeting.

Applications are due Friday, February 3, 2023.


Award Distribution

Awardees must meet with their Ipsos mentor and receive an approved budget. Once research has been completed, awardees may submit their receipts and expenses to Tekeisha Yelton-Hunter via email for reimbursement. Please attach a copy of your Ipsos approved budget along with your receipts in order to expedite this process.