John and Ann Holt Endowed Undergraduate Applied Research Fund in American Politics

About the Award

The John and Ann Holt Endowed Undergraduate Applied Research Fund in American Politics provides support for a Rutgers undergraduate student in his or her junior or senior year to conduct research, under the supervision of Eagleton or other Rutgers faculty, on a topic in applied American politics.  The donors have requested that this undergraduate award reflect Eagleton’s bi-partisan approach to studying politics, making a good faith effort to ensure that the research projects selected explore topics in order to understand varied partisan analyses.  Ideally students will select a specific issue of contemporary significance and examine all sides of the political debate to gain an understanding of diverse perspectives.  Award recipients will be required to submit a journal, paper or final report demonstrating what they accomplished.

Students can receive an award of up to $1,200.00.


Open to Rutgers University undergraduate students in their Junior or Senior Year.

Application Process

Interested students should first seek a faculty member willing to supervise their project. Then, the student should submit a 1-2 page proposal in the form of a letter addressed to the director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. The proposal should include the research question, description of the research plan, project budget, timeline, the applicant’s name, expected graduation year, email address and telephone number.  The proposal should be submitted via email with an unofficial Rutgers transcript, writing sample, and letter of recommendation from the supervising faculty member to:  Dr. Elizabeth Matto at

Applications for this award are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Past Recipients

Fiona Kniaz

Restricting: The Road to Reform

In an effort to draw attention to critical flaws in the redistricting process, this report will detail how all 50 states draw new maps, highlight case studies from the past decade, chronicle recent reform efforts, and provide nuanced policy recommendations.


All questions and inquiries can directed to Dr. Elizabeth Matto via email ( or phone (848-932-8203)