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Library Based Sociology Dissertation Fellowships

Division of Social and Economic Sciences

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards  (Soc-DDRI)


Solicitation  14-604

Important Information for Proposers

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A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Target Date

    October 15, 2018

    October 15, Annually Thereafter

        DDRI Full Proposal

    February 28, 2019

    February 28, Annually Thereafter

        Invited Resubmission

The Fall target date for submission of proposals to the Sociology DDRI competition are November 25, 2014 and then October 15 annually thereafter. Based on the evaluation of proposals in the Fall competition, some doctoral students will be invited to revise and resubmit proposals for the Spring competition (March 2, 2015 and then February 28 annually thereafter). Proposals to the annual Spring competition will only be accepted from doctoral students whose proposals were declined in the Fall competition and who are formally invited to resubmit.  Those not receiving a resubmission invitation can only reapply to the following fall target date (October 15).


The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.

As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, the Sociology Program provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge.  The Sociology Program funds doctoral dissertation research to defray direct costs associated with conducting research, for example, dataset acquisition, additional statistical or methodological training, meeting with scholars associated with original datasets, and fieldwork away from the student's home campus. Projects are evaluated using the two Foundation-wide criteria, intrinsic merit and broader impacts. In assessing the intrinsic merit of proposed research, four components are key to securing support from the Sociology Program: (1) the issues investigated must be theoretically grounded; (2) the research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation or illustration; (3) the research design must be appropriate to the questions asked; and (4) the proposed research must advance our understanding of social processes, structures and methods.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Graduate Students . Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

AAUW Dissertation Fellowship: Academic excellence, commitment to improving the human condition, and the promise of continued impact are cornerstones of the rigorous acceptance criteria.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grants Program: AERA invites education-related dissertation proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal databases. Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while writing the doctoral dissertation. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship: The purpose of this fellowship is to provide scholars who have recently completed their Ph.D.'s with free time to further their own work in a cross-disciplinary setting, and to associate them with a distinguished faculty.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships: Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award: Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (biological sciences; social sciences; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and fine arts) to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation: The Lindbergh Award is used as a means of acknowledging those whose work has made a significant contribution toward the concept of "balance."

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships: These fellowships support students in the final stages of doctoral study whose work offers significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion.

Dartmouth College Dissertation Fellowships: The GAANN program provides fellowships to graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate a financial need and the Cesar Chavez/Charles A. Eastman/Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowships supports completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars (including African-American, Latina/o, and Native American scholars) and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity.

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships: The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.

German Marshall Fund of the United States: GMF works closely with partner organizations to sponsor a range of fellowship and exchange programs designed to provide both broad cultural exposure and more targeted opportunities for learning about specialized policy issues. 

The Getty Grant Program Pre-and Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual theme.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships: 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.

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowship: We invite applications from Ph.D. candidates whose research on important historical questions would benefit from use of Hagley Library's research collections.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute-Richard M. Weaver Fellowship:  The Weaver Fellowship Program assists future teachers who are motivated, as was Professor Weaver, by the need to integrate the idea of liberal education with their teaching efforts, and, in so doing, to restore to university studies their distinction and worth.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship: This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Kleinhans Fellowship: The Kleinhans Fellowship synthesizes elements of conservation and business -- providing solid research data into non-timber forest product supply and market development -- in order to provide alternative income sources for communities living in or near tropical forests.

Krell Institute's Department of Energy High-Performance Compututational Science Fellowships: The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship: As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) is awarding National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest.

Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities: Numerous fellowships for students working in an area of interest to Newberry Library.

NIJ Graduate Research Fellowships: The NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that support graduate study leading to research-based doctoral degrees. 

National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Post-Doctoral Fellowships: NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship.

Phi Kappa Pi Fellowship Program: Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) Fellowship Program: Up to five fellowships awarded yearly for graduate study to individuals who have demonstrated high potential for scientific and engineering study, work and research.

SBE Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Follow-Up Research Starter Grants: The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Research Starter Grants in an effort to increase the diversity of researchers who participate in NSF programs in the social, behavioral and economic sciences and thereby increase the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the United States.

Smithsonian lnstitution Fellowship Program: Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution.

The Spencer Foundation: The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. 

The Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowships: The program is designed to promote the education of exceptionally qualified students and provide research information to manage wildlife populations.

The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies: The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women.