Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is eligible to receive a research stipend?
A. Scholars affiliated with either an academic or non-profit organization.

Q. Are graduate students eligible to receive a research stipend?
A. Yes. Graduate students may be part of a team submitting an application, but they cannot be the primary author(s).

Q. Can an institution be the applicant for a stipend?
A. Yes, but the individual authors must be named and their resumes must be submitted with the application.

Q. Can I write on any topic related to digital communications?
A. No. Proposals must address one of the topics presented on the Research Topics page.

Q. Can the proposal or resume be more than three pages?
A. No.

Q. Do you need to itemize a budget in the proposal or describe how the $20,000 stipend will be used?
A. No. The researcher can use the stipend however he/she deems appropriate.

Q. Does the Research Program provide stipends larger than $20,000?
A. No.

Q. When will payments for the research stipend be made?
A. Researchers will receive payment in two installments.  One half of the award ($10,000) will be issued at the start of the project.  The second installment ($10,000) will be made after a manuscript is submitted to the Research Program.

Q. Who receives the stipend?
A. The stipend will go to individual author(s), unless otherwise requested.  Individuals receiving a stipend have the option of requesting that the stipend be paid directly to their institution.

Q. If the stipend goes to an individual’s institution, does the Research Program pay for overhead expenses in addition to the $20,000 stipend?
A. No.

Q. Can I submit more than one proposal at a time?
A. Individuals can only submit one proposal at a time. Institutions, however, can submit more than one proposal.

Q. Can independent researchers or consultants apply?
A. Independent researchers or consultants must have an affiliation with an academic institution or a nonprofit organization.  A letter from one of those organizations describing the affiliation must be included with the three page resume.

Q. How quickly must the report be completed?
A. Recipients will be asked to select the start and end dates of the project. Recipients are asked to submit a completed manuscript no later than six months after the selected start date. The project should be started no later than three months after the stipend is awarded.

Q. How will the report be published?
A. The Research Program will publish the report and distribute it to both the academic and public policy community interested in issues related to telecommunications and digital communications.

Q. Can recipients publish their research in other publications?
A. Yes.  Recipients retain all rights to the research and can publish findings anywhere they wish. The Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications must be cited, however, for providing support for the project.

Q. Can Time Warner Cable employees or their family members apply for Research Program stipends?
A. No.

Q. Can non-US Citizens apply for research stipends?
A. Yes

Q. Can academic or nonprofit organizations located outside the United States apply for research stipends?
A. Yes.

Q. Can the research program stipend be applied to my institution’s summer research program?
A. Yes.