The MIT Election Data and Science Lab established the New Initiatives in Election Science Grants in 2017 to encourage new approaches to the scientific study of elections and election reform. Each year, these grants fund systematic research on the conduct of elections in the United States by scholars around the country.
Applications for New Initiatives Grants are currently closed. Click here for more information about past grants, and sign up for the Lab's newsletter to receive notifications if applications reopen.
MEDSL hosts the Boston/Cambridge Election Science Working Group at MIT, a monthly gathering of faculty, graduate students, and other researchers who are interested in the scientific study of elections. All meetings are on the MIT campus in Room E53-482.
Our lab also sponsors conferences and workshops at MIT and elsewhere throughout the year. Click on an upcoming event below for details on date, time and location, or follow the link to explore our archive of past events.
We welcome inquiries about becoming part of MEDSL as an affiliate institution or expert, or simply learning more about what we do. We have career and student research opportunities periodically as well (see below).
Data Analytics User Group and Listserv
As the number of people providing data analysis to election agencies grows, so does the value of creating a professional community of election administration data analysts. We are working to jump-start a user group and related listserv intended for data analysts who work for federal, state, and local election agencies. If you are interested in learning more or joining the group, please get in touch.
We are currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join our team. This fellow will participate in many of our research efforts, but will be primarily focused on research related to understanding access to voting among under-served communities. More about the position and information on applying can be found here.