The awards listed below are open to applicants at the PhD level only. They are listed in alphabetical order under the deadline month.
On Going Scholarships
Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers
In providing Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad who are just embarking on their academic careers and who completed their doctorates less than four years ago1 to spend extended periods of research (6–24 months) in Germany. Scientists and scholars from all disciplines and countries may apply.
Not currently accepting applications
Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)- Dissertation Awards Program
The Award recognizes students who are writing graduate-level dissertations on topics related to the United Nations system. Applicants may be citizens of any country, must be at the dissertation-writing stage of a Ph.D., J.S.D. or LL.M. degree and should be a student member of ACUNS.
AERA Grants Program
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the continuation of the AERA Grants Program, which provides small grants and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and including the analysis of data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and NSF.
Application Due: January 17, 2018
Center for Engaged Scholarship (CES) Dissertation Fellowships
The Center for Engaged Scholarship’s dissertation fellowships are intended to support graduate students whose research advances progressive values. Our goal is to generate new ideas and first-rate scholarship that have the power to contribute to progressive change. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-27 academic year with a deadline of January 31, 2016.
Center for Retirement Research Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement income 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 issues. Priority areas include: social security, macroeconomic analyses of social security, wealth and retirement income, program interactions, international research, and demographic research.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Fellowships, Stanford University
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is Stanford University’s hub for researchers tackling some of the world's most pressing security and international cooperation issues. CISAC welcomes applicants from academia, the world of public policy, and mid-career professionals in the law, the military, government, or international organizations. CISAC welcomes applications from women, minorities and citizens of all countries. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible.
Application Due: January 15, 2018
The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program
Selected fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact: (202)-547-7022 x.10
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.
Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, 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.
Due date: January 9, 2018
Horowitz Foundation Grants
The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy approves approximately fifteen to twenty grants each year, in the amount of $7500 per grant—$5000 initially and an additional $2500 upon completion of the project. Criteria for completion include approval of the dissertation, acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal, or an invitation to write a book chapter based on the research. Neither US citizenship nor US residency is required.
Institute for Human Studies PhD Scholarship
Fifty graduate scholarships are available to applicants intending a career in academia and whose work advances the principles of individual liberty and economic freedom. The graduate student must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program. For more information, contact: (703) 993-4880
Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Fellowship
IAF Fellowships support dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to PhD candidacy in a university in the United States. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American or Caribbean countries. Proficiency in the language(s) appropriate to the research proposal is required. For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing the Atom Project Fellows
Fellowships are available for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career researchers in the area of nuclear policy. The fellowships are for one year, with a possibility for renewal, in the stimulating environment of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. For more information, contact: email@example.com
Mason Summer Research Fellowship
Mason’s fellowships provide financial support to graduate students during the summer term, allowing students to devote significant time to their dissertation or thesis research. The intent of the award is to foster greater professional productivity and to assist in timely degree completion. For more information, contact: Akkita Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.993.8912
Multi-Country Fellowship Program
The program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.
Application deadline: January 30, 2017
National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program
The program supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, carrying out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Eligible countries for 2016-2017 are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.
Application deadline: January 30, 2017
Science, Technology and Public Policy Fellowships
STPP offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers for one year, with a possibility for renewal. STPP seeks applicants from a wide range of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary fields, and STPP also encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries. Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. For more information, contact STTP Fellowship Coordinator Patricia McLaughlin (617-495-1498, email@example.com)
Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program assists graduate students in preparing dissertation and funding proposals for research that will contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields in the humanities and social sciences. Students apply to participate in the workshops and carry out related summer research. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sumitro Fellows Program
The Sumitro Fellows Program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, who headed the faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia. One Fellowship is available for US citizens/permanent residents for research relating to the political economy of Indonesia. For more information, contact:email@example.com or (202) 232-1400.
The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging
The program, focused on the development of translational aging research, provides up to seven two-year fellowships of $120,000. It is meant to provide portable and flexible transitional funding for senior postdoctoral fellows as they develop and negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs. A supplemental award of up to $30,000 may be available if the candidate successfully transitions to an independent junior faculty position within two years of completing the Diamond/AFAR Fellowship.
Application Due: January 22, 2018
The Tobin Project: Prospectus Development Workshop
The Tobin Project seeks applications to participate in its Prospectus Development Workshop. We invite doctoral students who are currently developing research questions and aiming to produce high-impact social science research related to the Tobin Project’s core research areas to apply. This interdisciplinary question-development program aims to foster rigorous research that can, over the long term, deepen our understanding of—and ultimately help to solve—important problems facing our government, society, and economy
US Institute of Peace- Peace Dissertation Prize
The United States Institute of Peace, in conjunction with the International Studies Association, is proud to announce the second annual Peace Dissertation Prize to be given for the best peace studies dissertation. The award honors an outstanding dissertation on the analysis of violent conflict, conflict resolution, peacemaking, or peacebuilding completed in a United States graduate program. The annual prize, a $1000 cash award, will be announced and presented at the annual ISA meeting in February 2017. This award will be for dissertations accepted in calendar year 2015 through May 2016 and nominated by the deadline of January 2, 2017. The prize winner will be notified by the end of January 2017. The prize will be announced and awarded at ISA 2017 in Baltimore.
Application deadline: January 2, 2017
2018 Economic Club Doctoral Fellowship Competition
The Philip M. Dearborn Fellowship is a $10,000 doctoral‐level fellowship to Consortium students and to previous Rubenstein scholarship recipients. This fellowship will be awarded for proposed 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. It is expected that the research will rely to a significant extent on information and data derived from or relating to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. For example, three of the previous winning topics have included: Distribution of STEM occupations across regional industries; the role of legal aid in empowering impoverished regional residents; and inequality in aspirations and underrepresentation in economic choices in the region.
Application Due: February 23, 2018
American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Emergency and Crisis Management Dissertation Award
The purpose of the award is to support dissertation research being performed by PhD candidates, who have successfully defended their proposal, but have not yet completed a dissertation, in the area of emergency and crisis management. The award includes a one-time $500 stipend as well as a one-year SECM membership. The stipend may be used to support data collection, provide travel funds, etc. To be considered, all applicants must have an active ASPA membership. Due February 24, 2017
Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Research Fellowship in Regional Science
Offered by the North American Regional Science Council of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC-RSAI), this fellowship welcomes applications from students whose dissertation research addresses a question in regional science. Eligible students should have completed all degree requirements except for their dissertation by the time the fellowship commences.
Applications and questions should be emailed to Professor Nathaniel Baum-Snow: Nathaniel_Baum-Snow@brown.edu.
C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Lincoln Institute’s C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program assists Ph.D. students, primarily at U.S. universities, whose research complements the Institute’s interests in land and tax policy. The program provides an important link between the Institute’s educational mission and its research objectives by supporting scholars early in their careers.
Application Due: February 1, 2018
Clements Center for National Security (UT-Austin) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Consistent with the Clements Center’s mission areas of history, strategy, and statecraft, applicants from all disciplines whose research bears directly on foreign and defense policy, intelligence, or international security are welcome to apply. However, strong preference will be given to applicants with a doctorate in history or whose research has a strong historical component (ancient or modern). Fellows accepted to the program will be offered a competitive stipend, full use of UT facilities, and office space at the Clements Center. In some cases Fellows will be welcome to teach a course at the University of Texas. Each appointment is for one year, and in exceptional cases may be considered for renewal for a second year.
Application Due: February 2, 2018
Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship
The Confucius China Studies Program is part of the Institute for International Education (IIE). The fellowship provides funding and support for qualified students who wish to pursue doctoral research in China. Funding awards range from six months to two years. Students from a wide range of academic areas focusing on China are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact: Steven Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Graduate Fellowship Program
This program is designed for graduate students who will complete their degree by August 2015 (or who have recently graduated). The CHCI Fellowship offers exceptional Latinos who will have earned at least a master’s degree by the time of the program start date (August 2015) a one-year paid fellowship placement in a Congressional office or committee relevant to their area of interest. Fellows gain hands-on experience in the public policy areas of higher education, secondary education, health, housing, law, and STEM fields. Fellows also receive leadership training and professional development opportunities. For more information, contact: email@example.com
Economic Club of Washington Doctoral Research Fellowships
Doctoral Research Fellowships are to support independent research in areas of interest to The Economic Club of Washington. Areas of concentration could include economics, finance, international trade, or business. Contact Vera Redfearn Faulkner (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Programs & Director for more information.
Additional fellowships http://www.consortium.org/student-programs/
EITM Summer Institute (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models)
The Political Science Program of the National Science Foundation supports annual Summer Institutes on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. These institutes seek to support and energize a new generation of scholars who can better integrate formal theory and empirical work into innovative research agendas of high scientific and social value. For more information, contact: email@example.com
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Dissertation completion awards of $20,000 for candidates in the final year of their Ph.D. program. The HFG Foundation supports research on violence and aggression in in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Field / discipline is open, but dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported.
Joseph L Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
In honor of the late Joseph L. Fisher, former president of Resources for the Future (RFF), RFF will award fellowships in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. RFF’s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences, and proposals with links to environmental policy are preferred. For more information, contact: (202) 328-5020.
National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The National Science Foundation’s Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical important of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. Application deadlines are February 15 and October 15. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) Fellowships
All SFI fellows participate in a unique training program designed to develop their scientific, communication, and leadership skills. Most go on to hold faculty positions at major universities and research institutions, where they serve as lifelong ambassadors for the philosophies and methodologies of complexity science.
Application Due: October 29, 2017
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship
Made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, the fellowship offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at CFR offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. The program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. Please contact email@example.com or 212.434.9489 for information.
Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues. Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare fellows for a career in policy-oriented and international research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at research institutions or think tanks participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern, and one on the Western side of the Atlantic. To be eligible for the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship, candidates must have successfully defended their Ph.D. by the start of the program (October 1, 2018). Candidates must have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international environment and must demonstrate their ability to do so by excellence in academic work on relevant international issues. Applicants must either be citizens of the U.S., Canada or Europe (in a broader geographical definition) OR must have resided in the U.S., Canada or Europe at least for two-and-a-half years in the five years prior to the application deadline.
Application Due: February 1, 2018
Adam Smith Fellowship
A one-year, competitive fellowship for graduate students attending PhD programs at any university, and in any discipline, including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Smith Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy. It is a total award of up to $10,000 for the year. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.
APSA Minority Fellowship Program
The APSA Minority Fellows Program, established in 1969, aims to increase diversity and the presence of underrepresented individuals in the discipline of political science. Each year, the Minority Fellows Program awards a total of 12 funded fellowships (in the fall and spring round combined) in the amount of $4,000. The spring round will support expenses related to PhD graduate study for first and second year political science PhD students from underrepresented groups. The application deadline is March, 31, 2016.
ASMEA Research Grants
ASMEA is offering research grants of up to $2500 to qualified professors and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Applications must be accompanied by a paper proposal that represents new and un-published research and is relevant to the qualifying research areas designated by ASMEA. Application deadline is March 31, 2017.
Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program
The one-year stipend program that awards $10,000 stipends for graduate-level research on improving disability determination processes. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) General Scholarship
Scholarships of up to $5,000 for graduate students of Hispanic heritage in all fields of study. Open to students who are US Citizens, permanent residents, DACA, and Eligible Non-Citizens (as defined by FAFSA). For more information, contact: (310) 975-3700.
Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Aging
The Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development will have available 3 two-year postdoc slots for the 2017-2018 year. Those slots can begin on September 1, 2017 and must be funded before August 31, 2018. These slots are open to anyone with an interest in and a track record of aging research.
Rumi Forum Fellowship Program
Rumi Forum is inviting PhD candidates and those who have recently completed their doctorates in social sciences for a study fellowship that incorporates a trip to Turkey with the mission of exploring social, economic, cultural, security and political issues in Turkey and the wider region.
Constant H. Jacquet Research Awards
The Religious Research Association announces its annual competition for the Constant R. Jacquet Research Award to support research in religion. Applied, client-centered projects are given priority, but basic social scientific research on any aspect of religion is also regularly funded. Applications Due: April 30, 2017
Dirksen Congressional Center Research Grant
Grants are available to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. For more information, visit: http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_collections_overview.htm
Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship
The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is awarded to graduate students attending Master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. Bastiat Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on public policy. It is a total award of up to $5,000 for the year. For more information, contact: BastiatFellowship@mercatus.gmu.edu
Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program
This fellowship awards grants to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time overseas dissertation research for 6-12 months on topics/projects in modern foreign languages and area studies. Eligible research proposals must focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands), Middle East / Near East / North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, or Western Hemisphere (excluding the U.S. and its territories). For more information, contact: Dr. Pamela J. Maimer (202) 502-7704 or email@example.com
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Scholarship (ICPSR)
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research offers several fee-waiver scholarships to support graduate students and pre-tenure scholars who want to participate in the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research four-week sessions. The scholarships are targeted toward specific substantive fields and academic disciplines. Point of contact varies per scholarship.
New Initiatives Grants in Election Science
The competition is open to Ph.D. candidates who are initiating or are already conducting dissertation research and faculty members at American colleges and universities….Priority in the selection of grantees will be given to PhD candidates and to junior faculty members. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible….The Lab’s main interest is to encourage new approaches to the scientific study of elections and election reform. Topics that might be proposed include, but are not limited to: factors that influence turnout and registration; campaign finance; redistricting and apportionment; voting technology; polling place practices; the maintenance of voter registration rolls; the funding of elections; design of ballots and election materials; election audits; and election forensics.
Application Due: April 2, 2018
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- Health Policy Research Scholarship for Underrepresented Doctoral Students
The RWJF Health Policy Scholarship program supports diverse doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in the social sciences whose research contributes to policies promoting a “culture of health.” Participants complete their doctoral program concurrently with additional research and leadership activities offered through the RWJF over the course of four years.
Application deadline: April 19, 2016
WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
The fellowship is awarded to scholars whose primary research focus is women’s philanthropy or gender differences in philanthropic behavior and giving. The fellowship is intended to support research and dissertation writing. The fellowship is offered by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. For more information, contact: (317)-278-8990
CES Dissertation Fellowships
We are accepting applications from Ph.D students in the social sciences who have already completed all departmental and institutional requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including approval of the dissertation proposal. The only requirement not completed must be the writing and where required, the defense, of the dissertation. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000 paid out over a nine (9) month period.
Application closed for 2017-2018
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics seeks applications for funding one or more fellows under the GRF Program. This program provides awards to accredited universities for doctoral research that uses BJS criminal justice data or statistical series and focuses on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics. Fellowships may provide up to $45,000 and may be spent for up to a 3-year period. Applicant institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply only if the doctoral research dissertation has direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.
Application deadline: August 25, 2017
TSL Dissertation Prize
This award is the oldest and most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations in the transportation science and logistics area. The award is accompanied by a $500 honorarium for the winner.
Application Due: May 31, 2017
Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (PS DDRIG)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Political Science Program announces its Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grants competition for 2016. The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.
Application deadline: June 15, 2018 (the application must be submitted through OSP one week prior to the deadline)
International Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
The Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program was established to fund unclassified, basic research in areas of interest to the IC. Postdocs apply to work on specific research topics identified by the IC. For more information, contact: ICPostdoc@orau.org or (865) 574- 3172
AHRQ Grants for Health Service Research Dissertation Program
Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on topical areas unique to AHRQ, demonstrating how expected results can be used or made available for use to enhance healthcare quality. Results should be directly relevant to customers, such as providers and practitioners, administrators, payers, consumers, policymakers, and insurers. Candidates are encouraged to address health services research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations, including: individuals living in inner city or rural (including frontier) areas; low-income and minority groups; women, children, the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including those with disabilities and those who need chronic or end-of-life health care. Candidates must conduct dissertation projects which focus on health care delivery in the United States. Due August 1.
Doris Duke Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
The foundation offers fellowships of $25,000 for up to two years toward the completion of a doctoral dissertation. These fellowships support research that will advance child abuse prevention practice and policy. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: December 1, 2017
Fulbright Scholar Program
Fulbright grants enable recipients to expand their professional interests, enrich their teaching, and advance their scholarship in a wide variety of disciplines. The Core Fulbright Scholar Program application deadline is August 3. For general inquiries, contact: email@example.com.
Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation supports doctoral students through the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. The Foundation will award Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to PhD, DBA, or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. This program is intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposals as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals. The application deadline is August 19. If you have additional questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The National Science Foundation’s Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical important of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. Application deadlines are February 15 and October 15
John Heinz Dissertation Award
Any dissertation addressing topics relevant to the planning and implementation of social insurance policy is eligible for nomination. This might include analysis of long-term care financing, the labor market effects of Social Security, cross-national comparisons and family social insurance protections. Nominations are encouraged from many disciplines and professions, including, but not limited to, actuarial science, disability policy, economics, public policy, social policy, health policy, history, philosophy, political science, social work and sociology. All dissertations completed between January 1, 2016 and September 15, 2017 will be considered.
Due Date: September 15, 2017
Mirzayan Graduate S&T Fellowship Program at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 session. The Mirzayan Fellowship offers graduate students the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy. The session will last from January 19 – April 9, 2016, and each Fellow will receive a stipend of $8500. For more information, contact: email@example.com
Due Date: September 8, 2017
Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across the broad array of science and innovation policy challenges. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science, technology and innovation data, and to usefully convey that information to a variety of audiences. Proposals that create and improve science, engineering and innovation data, including the design of new metrics and indicators, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations, are encouraged.
Application Due: September 9, 2018
The Stan Czamanski Prize
Students writing dissertations on problems in regional science from around the world are invited to enter the competition. PhD students whose dissertation proposals were “defended and approved” during the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 are eligible to apply for this award. Submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due Date: October 2, 2017
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program
The Dissertation Completion Fellowships assist students in their last year of dissertation writing. If you have questons, write to: email@example.com.
Additional Fellowships: http://www.acls.org/programs/comps/
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program
The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) through SSRN Program helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate innovative dissertation research proposals through workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship. The program seeks young scholars who are interested in strengthening their dissertation research plans through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. By the end of the fellowship, participating students will complete a draft dissertation research proposal that can be reviewed with academic advisors.
Fulbright–Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship
The Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, formerly the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship was renamed to honor former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her dedication to public service and role in the program’s creation. This fellowship will allow fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. For more information, contact: Jermaine Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 984-5341.
Fulbright U.S. Postgraduate Scholarships
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is proud to offer a range Postgraduate awards for research/study periods of 8-10 months. The Commission offers up to 5 general scholarship awards (in any field), and one sponsored scholarship (in a range of disciplines).
Application Due: October 2017
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)
SPRF offers a fellowship for those who have recently graduated from a doctoral program or who will complete their program within 10 months of the application due date. Applicants may apply to either the Broadening Participation or the Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences program track. Appointments typically last for 24 months. Additional information about each track can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/SPRF/SPRF_Presentation_final.pdf
For more information, contact: Fahmida Chowdhury at email@example.com or (703) 292- 4672, Lisa Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 292- 7882
Smith Richardson Foundation
The World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship is an annual competition to support PhD dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies and diplomatic and military history. The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each. The deadline for submission is October 20
AAUW American Fellowships
The annual program supports women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.
American Dissertation Fellowships: Dissertation Fellowships offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowships year are not eligible. The program is open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math fields or researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.
Due Date: November 15, 2017
Echidna Global Scholars Program
The Center for Universal Education at Brookings is now accepting applications for the 2017 Echidna Global Scholars Program. Echidna Global Scholars spend nearly five months at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. to pursue research on global education issues with an emphasis on girls’ education. We are seeking exceptional applicants committed to girls’ education who seek the opportunity to build their research and analytical skills. Applicants should have a background in education, development, economics, gender, or a related area, a Master’s degree at minimum, and at least 15 years of professional experience. A cohort of 3-4 scholars will be selected.
Deadline: November 14, 2016
Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellowships
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame seeks scholars and practitioners whose work and presence will promote interdisciplinary research on the Institute’s core themes of democracy and human development. Kellogg visiting fellowships afford the time to move a research project forward in an intellectually stimulating environment, share findings, and collaborate with top scholar and practitioners from across the US and the globe.
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Sixty-eight fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. The fellowship includes participation in a Social Science Research Council-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Application Due: November 7, 2017
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
This graduate fellowship provides up to $90,000 in support for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in any field and at any institution in the United States.
The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
This program is a transatlantic initiative that each year sends 15 accomplished Americans on a six- or nine-month professional development program in Germany. The program is comprised of three main components: customized work placements, professional seminars, and German language training. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany.
SSRC Eurasia Program Pre-Dissertation Awards
Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs) enable early stage graduate students to perform initial field assessments of up to 4 weeks for archival exploration, preliminary interviews, and other forms of feasibility studies related to their dissertations. Proposals should reflect a clear plan for initial field assessment, require a budget of less than $4,000, and clearly articulate the policy relevance of the proposed project. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of November 15, 2011. For more information, contact Holly Danzeisen at email@example.com.
Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship
Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) is open to Ph.D. students at any Virginia academic institution who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to Virginia and the VASG strategic plan. In addition to supporting the student’s academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities throughout its duration, focusing on science communication, science-to-management process, adoption of innovation, and other Sea Grant activities and mission priorities. For more information, contact Susan Park at firstname.lastname@example.org. Available for M.S. and PhD Students.
William R. Waters Research Grant
The purpose of the William R. Waters Research Grant Program is to inspire scholars to organize their research in social economics and social economy. The research grant is for promising new faculty members who have not yet been granted tenure and for graduate students in Ph.D. programs who have not yet completed their dissertation. The current amount of the annual grant is up to $5000.
Congressional Fellowship Program
The American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program is currently accepting online applications for congressional fellowships for political scientists. The nine-month program in Washington, DC, gives scholars a hands-on understanding of Congress and the legislative process through placements in congressional offices.
Doris Duke PhD Dissertation Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being
The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being are offered by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.
Due Date: December 1, 2017
Gerda Henkel Foundation: Special Programme Security, Society and the State
The programme is intended to encourage junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. Moreover, the objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy. The research programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Application Due: December 1, 2017
Jennings Randolph Dissertation Fellowship
The Jennings Randolph (JR) Program for International Peace awards nonresidential Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarshipsto students at U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict, and international security. For further information: contact the JR Program at email@example.com.
NSF Graduate Research Fellows, Nordic Research Opportunity in Finland
Tekes GROW, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation invites NSF Graduate Research Fellows to team up with leading Finnish research groups. Several top research groups in Finland have expressed interest in the possibility of hosting NSF Graduate Research Fellows in their teams for periods of 3 to 12 months. For more information, please contact Mr Peter Westerstråhle (peter.westerstrahle(at)tekes.fi).
RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program
RAND's Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues. Each Summer Associate is assigned to a research project and is mentored by a senior research staff member - usually one with the same academic background as the Associate.
Application Due: December 4, 2017