Ssrc Mellon Dissertation Fellowship

SSRC President Ira Katznelson on the 20th Anniversary of IDRF

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program at the Social Science Research Council. Since 1997, with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, IDRF has provided support for more than 1,200 PhD students pursuing dissertation research across the globe.

SSRC IDRF fellows have gone on to be leading scholars in their fields, providing rich contributions to scholarship. Beyond academia, the program’s fellows have gone on to achieve success across many different career paths.

In recognition of the contributions that IDRF has made to the US scholarly community, the program will be featuring the work of our esteemed alumni whose research benefited from its support early in their careers. We celebrate the work of our fellows—past, present, and future—and IDRF’s continued commitment to young scholars.

IDRF Interviews 2007 alum Tariq Thachil

IDRF Interviews 2006 alum Ahmed el Shamsy

#IDRF20

Not currently accepting applications.

Overview

The Graduate Initiatives Program offers three predoctoral grant opportunities: the Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (GSE), the Predoctoral Research Development Grant (PRD), and the Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG). These grants are only open to Ph.D. students who were selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.

 

Applications for the Predoctoral Research Grants are open from May 1 to November 1. Click here to apply!

 

The following guidelines refer to all three predoctoral grant opportunities:

  • Fellows may apply for one grant per year
  • Applicants must be Mellon fellows enrolled in a doctoral program in an eligible field of study
  • Each fellow may receive a maximum of $5,000 in GSE and PRD funds; DCG funds do not apply toward this total
  • The grants cannot be used for tuition and fees or living expenses
  • Grants are disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Accepted applications may take five to six weeks to process
  • August 1 is considered the start of the academic year


Graduate Studies Enhancement (GSE) Grant

  • Fellows must be in their second to fifth years of graduate school; students at South African universities are eligible to apply in the first year of their Master’s programs
  • Fellows that have begun the sixth year of graduate study are not eligible
  • Available for up to $1,500 per academic year
  • May be received up to four times
  • Funds travel, equipment, books, journal subscriptions, and software


Predoctoral Research Development (PRD) Grant

  • Fellows must be in their second to fifth years of graduate school; students at South African universities are eligible to apply in the first year of their Master’s programs
  • Fellows that have begun the sixth year of graduate study are not eligible
  • Available for up to $3,000 once during a fellow's graduate school career
  • Funds small-scale, preliminary research and other activities
  • Requires a letter of support from an adviser or committee member


Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG)

  • Fellows must be in their seventh year or beyond and must provide a feasible timeline for completion of the dissertation within 12 months
  •  Available for up to $2,500 once during a fellow’s graduate school career
  • Funds travel, equipment, books, journal subscriptions, and software that support the completion of the dissertation
  • Requires a summary report six months after receipt of the grant
  • A competitive award based on the feasibility of timely completion
  • Fellows may not have participated in the Preparing for the Professoriate Seminar

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