George Katona Economic Behavior Research Award Fund


George Katona

George Katona

The George Katona Research Award Fund in Economic Behavior was established to support emerging scholars who are interested in how economic expectations shape consumer behavior and the macroeconomy. The Katona Fund provides research awards to emerging scholars in the social sciences conducting empirically grounded economic research in the tradition of George Katona.

Priority will be given to research using the Surveys of Consumers database or similar data from the more than 60 other countries that conduct consumer surveys. In addition, priority will also be given to those who work on the development and application of expectational measures. Applications on related topics are also welcome. The award is designed to jumpstart the dissertation process by providing flexible support early in candidacy. Learn more about the SCA at

Award Form and Scope

The Katona Fund will provide a Fellowship equivalent to a 0.5 GSRA position for one semester. In addition, the Fund will provide funding for one semester of tuition and GradCare health and dental insurance coverage provided during the term of the Award. Recipients of this Award may not be employed more than ten hours per week during the tenure of the Fellowship. Recipients may not hold this Award in conjunction with another award.

In addition to the stipend described above, the recipient will receive $3,000 for research purposes (i.e., purchasing datasets or questions therein, travel, technology).

Feiya Shao, 2015 Katona Scholar. Photo courtesy of Feiya Shao.


Applicants must be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy in a degree granting program at the University of Michigan by the time the award is made.

Application Procedures

The application for the Katona Award can be accessed here: The application includes:
The application includes:

  1. Proposal – a brief, three page, single-spaced, description of the project, including how the project meets the goals of the Katona Fund, sufficient detail about hypothesis and design, and a description of the proposed uses for the award including budget and timeline.
  2. CV
  3. One Letter of Recommendation from your advisor, department chair, dissertation advisor, or committee members stating the strength of the application and vouchsafing the candidate’s eligibility as well as supporting the likelihood of completing the proposed research.

As part of the application, there is also a form with several questions about the project to be supported, including project, methodology, timeline, deliverables, etc. Answers to these are expected to be brief, around 3 sentences.

If you have any questions about the award process, please send an email to

Additional Expectations

  • Prepare a Final Report (approximately 500 words) including a description of your activities, findings, products (e.g. papers, presentations, grant proposals) and future plans. In addition, you may be expected to report and discuss your findings in a meeting/talk with other researchers or with the sponsor of the endowment funding your award. The date your final report is due will be stated in your Award Letter.
  • Acknowledge ISR and Katona support in publications and presentations.
  • Share project outputs with ISR.

Katona Award Recipients

Ariel Binder, 2019
Yipei Cao, 2017
Shuqiao Sun, 2017
Catalina Franco and Meera Mahadevan, 2016
Bryan Stuart, 2016
Feiya Shao, 2015
Isaac Sorkin and Bryan Stuart, 2015
Tong Yob Nam, 2014
Johannes Norling, 2014
Peter Hudomiet, 2013
Nitya Pandalai Nayar, 2013