Below is a compilation of awards and fellowships that faculty, staff, and graduates have found relevant to Schar School students as they strive to fund their dissertations. Some of these awards also recognize completed dissertation research. Awards are organized by deadline.
Awards by Month
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November | December | Rotating Deadlines
Managing the Atom Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: January 15, 2020)
Award: 10-month fellowship: $40,000 for pre-doctoral fellows, $50,000 for post-doctoral fellows; health insurance, discounted MBTA passes, and shared office space.
Purpose: The Project on Managing the Atom advances policy-relevant research on reducing the risk of nuclear and radiological terrorism, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, reducing the dangers of existing nuclear stockpiles, and assessing the future of civilian nuclear power. Fellows are expected to pursue research with a nuclear policy focus that relates to the ongoing work of the MTA project.
Eligibility: Eligible candidates include current doctoral students in the dissertation-writing stage, recent recipients of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and university faculty members.
The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: January 23, 2020)
Award: Travel Award: Approximately eight awards of up to $11,000 each will be given.
Purpose: The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research.
Eligibility: Exclusively for PhD candidates (ABD) or postdoctoral individuals. Must be a US citizen.
Center for Retirement Research Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: January 31, 2020)
Award: Up to 3 $28,000 grants will be awarded.
Purpose: The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement or disability research. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration and provides funding opportunities for doctoral candidates to pursue cutting-edge research on retirement or disability issues.
Eligibility: Must have a dissertation proposal focused on one of the Social Security Administration’s Research Focal Areas.
The Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (Information about future Fellowship opportunities will be available in the Fall of 2020)
Award: A research allowance of up to $3,000, pro-rated monthly; a stipend of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months; round-trip transportation to the field research site (maximum of $3,000).
Purpose: IAF’s Fellowships provide support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. Funding is for between four and 12 months.
Eligibility: The applicant’s research must be related to topics on grassroots development in the region. Each applicant must demonstrate at least one planned substantive collaboration during the field research period with a development or applied research institution in the Latin American or Caribbean country of the research. Exclusively for US citizens and/or citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The Mercatus Center Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (2021-2022 applications will open in the fall of 2020.)
Award: The fellowship award can vary to include research support, stipends, and tuition support.
Purpose: The Mercatus Dissertation Fellowship Program is a one year, renewable, competitive fellowship program for students who have advanced to candidacy in their PhD program at George Mason University and are working on dissertations that aim at understanding how social change occurs and how to create a freer society.
Eligibility: Exclusively for GMU doctoral candidates. Submissions are encouraged from Political Science, Public Policy, Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, and all related fields in the humanities and social sciences.
The Henry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Deadline: February 1, 2021
Purpose: Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
Eligibility: Exclusively for PhD candidates approaching their final year of PhD work.
The Economic Club of Washington, D. C. Fellowships
Deadline: TBA (Last Year: February 13, 2020)
Award: $10,000 stipend
Purpose: Stipends will support 1) independent research in areas of interest to the Economic Club, e.g. economics, finance, international trade or business or 2) doctoral‐level research dealing with issues of direct and specific relevance to the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, including, without limitation, issues of economics, public and private finance, education, transportation, law enforcement, social welfare, housing, and regional and community development.
Eligibility: Preference for students who will conduct dissertation research. US citizenship or legal residency required.
Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Research Fellowship in Regional Science
Deadline: TBA (Last Year: February 15, 2020)
Award: $30,000 stipend paid over 12-months.
Purpose: This Fellowship supports dissertation research in Regional Science, a multidisciplinary field concerned with the theory and method of urban and regional phenomena. Regional Scientists apply theoretical and empirical frameworks and methods of the social and other sciences, as well as develop new ones specifically for regional analysis and policy.
Eligibility: Exclusively for PhD candidates.
The Tobin Project: Graduate Fellowships in Inequality and Decision Making
Deadline: February 29, 2020
Award: Capped at $1,000
Purpose: The Tobin Project seeks applications from doctoral students undertaking new research that explores economic inequality’s behavioral effects, or the potential macro-level consequences of such effects.
Eligibility: Doctoral students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply
C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program
Deadline: TBA ( Last Year: March 16, 2020)
Award: $10,000 stipend
Purpose: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy strives to solve global economic, social, and environmental challenges and improve the quality of life through creative approaches to the use, taxation, and stewardship of land. This fellowship supports doctoral students who are writing theses in fields that address the Institute’s primary interest areas in valuation and taxation, planning, and related topics.
Eligibility: US citizenship not required.
EITM Summer Institute (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models)
Deadline: TBA (Last Year: March 13, 2020)
Award: 3-week summer institute: tuition and full financial support (including a stipend for round-trip airfare and dormitory housing, as necessary, plus a modest allowance for meals and incidentals).
Purpose: Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program trains graduate students and junior faculty in EITM, a research strategy that integrates theoretical models and empirical research to improve and expand our understanding of politics. The institute will integrate developments and findings from throughout political science, including the substantive areas of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political economy.
Eligibility: Preference for doctoral candidates who have completed their dissertation plan, but have not started the writing-up stage.
Adam Smith Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Award: $10,000 award. Additionally, Smith Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer in residence at George Mason University participating in workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.
Purpose: Fellowships are awarded to graduate students attending PhD programs in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a PhD Program during upcoming academic year.
AERA Dissertation Grants
Deadline: TBA (Last Year: March 23, 2020)
Award: Up to $25,000 stipend, travel & lodging to attend AERA Research Conference, and attendance of AERA Annual Meeting Capstone Research Institute.
Purpose: The AERA Grants Program provides advanced graduate students with research funding and professional development and training. The program supports highly competitive dissertation research using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data.
Eligibility: Must be an advanced doctoral student engaged in education-related research (including economics, political science, public policy, statistics, etc.). The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The dissertation research project must include the analysis of large-scale data. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required.
Microsoft Foundation Dissertation Grants
Deadline: TBA ( Last Year: March 30, 2020)
Award: Up to $25,000 & invitation to PhD Summit
Purpose: The program supports PhD students at North American universities who are underrepresented in the field of computing and pursuing research aligned to the research areas carried out by Microsoft Research.
Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be in their fourth year or beyond in a PhD program and enrolled at a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
SREB-State Dissertation Award
Deadline: TBA (Last Year: March 31, 2020)
Award: The Dissertation Award offers a one-year, $20,000 stipend, university-covered tuition and fees (unless the institution prohibits a fee waiver), a $500 research allowance and professional development support.
Purpose: The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program offers awards to students who are pursuing Ph.D.s and plan to become college and university professors.
Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)- Dissertation Awards Program
Deadline: TBA: (Last Year: March 31, 2020)
Award: $1,500 USD, invitation to attend ACUNS Annual Meeting ($500 for travel, $150 for registration fee).
Purpose: The ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship Award recognizes students of extraordinary potential who have reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system.
Eligibility: Must be student member of ACUNS. Award is intended for doctoral students who are in their final year of their program. Applications not related to the UN and/or UN system will not be considered.
Constant H. Jacquet Research Awards
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Award: Up to $4,000 grant. Funding may be used for research expenses, but not for supplemental income or capital equipment.
Purpose: Award supports research in religion. Research projects must use social scientific methods and perspectives to study aspects of religion, and all proposals must discuss how the research is applicable for religious organizations, leaders, and/or practitioners.
Eligibility: Applicants are required to be members of the RRA.
WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Award: $5,000 for 1-year doctoral dissertation fellowship.
Purpose: This fellowship will be awarded to a scholar whose primary research focus is in the area of women’s philanthropy or gender differences in philanthropic behavior and giving. The fellowship is intended to support research and dissertation writing.
Eligibility: Must be a PhD Candidate who has completed coursework and defended dissertation proposal successfully.
Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (PS DDRIG)
Deadline: June 15, 2020
Award: Up to $15,000.
Purpose: The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics.
Eligibility: This solicitation outlines new submission requirements for doctoral students submitting DDRIG proposals through their faculty advisor to the Political Science Program
American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship
Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award: Fellowship (up to 11 months): maintenance stipend per month: Rs 45,500; research and travel per month: Rs 19,500; dollar supplement per month: $70; per dependent allowance per month: Rs 13,000; 1 round-trip air ticket from city of origin to research site in India.
Purpose: These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors.
Eligibility: Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study.
2020 RSAI Best Dissertation in Regional Science
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Award: Cash award of 750 Euros.
Purpose: The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) invites submissions for the annual competition for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Regional Science. Regional science is an interdisciplinary field concerned with theory, method, and application of regional, urban and rural, geographic and spatial investigations and analyses.
Eligibility: Must have successfully defended a dissertation and have an official graduation date between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: October 7, 2019)
Award: $7,500 grant (up to 20 awards)
Purpose: The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual “World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship” program, its annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.
Eligibility: Must be full-time university student who has completed all coursework and qualifying exams by the application’s deadline.
John Heinz Dissertation Award
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: October 18, 2019)
Award: $3,500 Honorarium
Purpose: The Heinz Dissertation Award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding doctoral research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. This might include analysis of long-term care financing, the labor market effects of Social Security, cross-national comparisons and family social insurance protections.
Eligibility: All dissertations completed between January 1, 2019 and October 18, 2019 will be considered.
Mason Spring 2020 Dissertation Completion Grants
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: October 25, 2019)
Purpose: These competitive awards go to doctoral students in the final semester of completing their dissertations. They enable students to focus full-time on research and writing, improve the quality of their work, and shorten the time needed to complete their degrees.
Eligibility: Full-time doctoral student, PhD candidate, and must submit final dissertation by Friday, July 31.
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
Deadline: TBA (Last Year: November 5, 2019)
Award: $22,000 (average)
Purpose: Fellowship offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $22,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Eligibility: The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States.
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in Chinese Studies - Predissertation Travel Grants
Deadline: TBA (Last Year: November 6, 2019)
Purpose:Predissertation travel grants provide funding for graduate students to explore venues, make preliminary research arrangements, and gain advice from Chinese scholars that prepares for research in China.
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in PhD program in US or Canada.
The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: December 10, 2019)
Award: Fellowship with 1-year stipend of $25,000. Fellowship begins on June 1 or September 1, 2020.
Purpose: The awards will be made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Eligibility: The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation. U. S. citizens, U. S. permanent residents, DACA students, political asylees, and refugees are eligible to apply.
Center for Engaged Scholarship Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: December 15, 2019)
Award: $25,000 stipend paid out over 9 months.
Purpose: We use our skills as researchers and teachers to challenge the wrong ideas of the right-wing and to generate new ideas that can contribute to progressive change. Our first initiative is a dissertation fellowship for social science PhD students in the U.S. whose work can contribute to the change we seek.
Eligibility: Must be a PhD student studying a social science (e.g. economics, political science) or be engaged in an interdisciplinary program that draws from the social sciences.
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant
Deadline: TBA - (Last Year: December 1, 2019)
Award: $7,500 USD- $5,000 as the initial award, and $2,500 when project is completed. Opportunities for an additional $1,500-$5,000 award exist through application process.
Purpose: Its general purpose is to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. Its specific purpose is to provide small grants to aspiring PhD students at the dissertation level to support the research they are undertaking for their project.
Eligibility: Must be PhD candidate who is working on their dissertation.
Dirksen Congressional Center’s Research Grants
Deadline: The Center accepts applications for Congressional Research Grants at any time and makes awards throughout the year.
Award: Up to $3,500 grant.
Purpose: The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. A grant can cover almost any aspect of a qualified research project, such as travel to conduct research, duplication of research material, purchase of data sets, and costs of clerical, secretarial, research, or transcription assistance.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.
AHRQ Health Services Research Dissertation Program
Deadline: Application receipt dates are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
Award: Up to $40,000 in direct costs (minimum 9 months up to 17 months)
Purpose: This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission (produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable,) and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics.
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident by the time of the grant award.