Dissertation grants/awards

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  1. APA Dissertation Research Awards assists science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. Award - the current program includes 30-40 grants of $1000 each, along with several larger grants of up to $5000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology. Eligibility - must be a member of APA and have had your dissertation proposal approved prior to application.
  2. APA APAGS Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology supports support dissertation research leading to a doctoral degree in the field of psychology. Award - $1,000 scholarship. Eligibility - a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  3. NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants supports dissertation research in any scientific field covered by NSF. Award limits vary by program ($7500 - $15000); supports research expenses only (no stipends).
  4. APA Div 49 (Groups) Dissertation Award honors a recent dissertation by someone whose research on small groups seems especially promising. Award - $500, a plaque, a three-year membership in the Division, and the prize is conferred at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. Eligibility - Only dissertations that were completed during the prior calendar year are eligible, but the research described in those dissertations can explore any group phenomenon, using any methodology to investigate any type of group.
  5. SPSSI Grant-in-Aid of Research supports scientific research in social problems related to the basic interests and goals of SPSSI, with preference given to proposals of timely research opportunities, new investigators, and underrepresented institutions. Award - up to $1000 for students, up to $2000 for those with a Ph.D. Eligibility - SPSSI members, with strong preference given to dissertation stage research, and proposals must be accompanied by university agreement to match funds.
  6. SPSSI Social Issues Dissertation Award honors a doctoral dissertation that demonstrates excellence in socially relevant research and potential application to social problems. Award - first prize of $750, second prize of $500. Eligibility - any doctoral dissertation in psychology (or in a social science with psychological subject matter) accepted during the prior year is eligible.
  7. SESP Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding dissertation research from the previous year. Award - The SESP Annual Dissertation Award carries with it membership in the Society, as well as an honorarium to cover airfare, hotel, and registration at the Society's next meeting. The recipient of the award will be asked to give a brief talk based on her or his dissertation at this meeting. Eligibility - Only dissertations completed during the previous year are eligible for the award. The completion date for a dissertation is defined as the date of the oral defense, as officially recorded by the nominee's institution.
  8. Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships provides funds to scholars from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Award - ten or more fellowships are awarded each year for $15,000 each. Eligibility - Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. HFGF places a priority on the study of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world as it relates to eight priority areas discussed on the website here.
  9. Woodrow Wilson Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. Award - approximately 30 Fellows will receive $19,000 for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing; in addition, their graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees. Eligibility - be in the writing stage of the dissertation and never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing.
  10. Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Award - Fellows receive $3,000 to be used for expenses connected with the dissertation. Eligibility - completion of all pre-dissertation requirements and expected completion of Ph.D. by next year.
  11. Woodrow Wilson MMUF Dissertation Grants are available to graduate students who participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program and are at the dissertation stage. Award - offers up to $20,000 for a 12-month period. Eligibility - applicants must be Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.
  12. Woodrow Wilson MMUF Travel & Research Grants are available to graduate students who participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. The grants provide eligible graduate students with the financial means to complete their research prior to the start of dissertation writing. Award - up to $5,000 for a period of one summer or one semester of travel and/or research support. Eligibility - applicants must be Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.
  13. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure or shortly thereafter. Award - 65 Fellowships for a one-year term. The Fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the Fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The Fellowships include funds for university fees and research support (together with stipend the award may total up to $33,000) but may not be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant. Eligibility - all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation completed before beginning fellowship tenure.
  14. ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies provides support for US citizens to conduct scholarship about policy-making related to Eastern Europe. Two types of support are available: Research Fellowships to conduct fieldwork or archival research in Eastern Europe, and Writing Fellowships to write the dissertation in the US. Award - stipend will be up to $18,000. Eligibility - currently enrolled graduate students who will have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation.

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