Graduate Student Grants/Fellowships

University of California Berkley Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellowships

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The Alcohol Research Group (ARG) draws experts from diverse fields, such as public health, epidemiology, psychology, and economics, and our research addresses a wide range of topics, from basic epidemiology to treatment and health services research. Training focuses particularly on health disparities, but applications will be considered in other areas. Click here for more information.

American Psychological Foundation Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship

Deadline: May 15, 2015

The APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The scholarship helps address research which shows that stigma is a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for many of the 50 million Americans living with mental illness. Click here for more information.

NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Deadline: December 24, 2014

The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program in social and behavioral sciences
provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that offer research-based doctoral degrees. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ and who are in the final stages of graduate study. Applicants 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. Doctoral students from social and behavioral science academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

Sociology Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (NSF)

Deadline: November 25, 2014

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. 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. Click here for more information.

American Cancer Society Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work

Deadline: October 15, 2014

These grants support the training of graduate students in doctoral programs focused on research related to oncology social work. They are available to outstanding students during all phases of a graduate program offered in an accredited school of social work.  An application must outline a plan of study, and indicate how the proposed program will prepare the candidate for a career in social work oncology research. Click here for more information.

Columbia University HIV, Substance Use, and Criminal Justice Research Training Fellowship Program

Columbia University is looking for promising scientists interested in HIV, drug abuse, and criminal justice research for their unique multidisciplinary pre- and post-doctoral T32 Program.The multidisciplinary T32 program is funded to the Schools of Public Health and Social Work to train the next generation of researchers in the skills necessary for the conceptualization, planning, and conducting of research on bio-behavioral HIV and drug abuse prevention, treatment, and care for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Click here for more information.

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program

Deadline: October, 2014

The new Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program will be an interdisciplinary training program to help early-stage doctoral students with limited experience in designing and carrying out their own research projects to formulate doctoral dissertation research proposals. In a change from past years, the fellowship will no longer be limited to students whose research topics fall within specific fields of study, but rather it will be open to all students in the humanities and social sciences who are beginning to formulate proposals for their dissertation research. Click here for more information.

Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars (ACF)

Deadline: June 16, 2014

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation plans to solicit applications for Child Care Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on child care policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. Click here for more information.

Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants (ACF)

Deadline: June 16, 2014

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) plans to provide funds for Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors. Competitive applicants will 1) demonstrate a collaborative partnership with their program partners, and 2) pursue research questions that directly inform local, State, or Federal policy relevant to multiple early care and education practice. Click here for more information.

Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale University is proud to announce the inaugural Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship.  The Fellowship, which will be offered annually, is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT Studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area. Scholars from across the country and around the world are invited to apply for the Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply.  Scholars residing within 100 miles of New Haven are ineligible. Click here for more information.

Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Increase Diversity (NIH)

Deadline: December 22, 2014

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is to increase the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all areas of research within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in mental health research to support the completion of the doctoral research project. Click here for more information.

Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Graduate Fellowship Training Program

Deadline: April 1, 2014

The Graduate Fellowship Training Program (GFTP) provides 10 and 15 week paid and unpaid training opportunities to: enhance the fellow’s research and professional development skills; increase the fellow’s knowledge about Hispanic and other minority health issues; and provide opportunities to network with other health professionals. The GFTP is geared towards graduate and doctoral students and recent graduates interested in working on Hispanic health research. Click here for more information.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (NIH)

Deadline: January 7, 2017

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training must reflect the applicants dissertation research project and is expected to clearly enhance the individuals potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. Click here for more information.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (NIH)

Deadline: January 7, 2017

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. Such individuals include those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individuals potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. Click here for more information.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (NIJ)
Deadline: May 12, 2014

NIJ is seeking proposals for funding innovative dissertation research under the NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program that provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited academic institutions that offer research-based doctoral degrees in social and behavioral academic disciplines relevant to NIJ’s mission. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ and who are in the final stages of graduate study. Applicants sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply only if the doctoral research dissertation has direct relevance to providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to better prevent and control crime and ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. Click here for more information.

2014 Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) Research Awards

Deadline: August 1, 2014

The SFBTA Research Awards are aimed at fostering the growth of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy by encouraging original research in solution-focused practices, and to support students or practitioners who wish to study solution-focused practices. The awards will provide up to $5000.00 to support ongoing or proposed studies conducted by doctoral or master level students, practitioners where SF practices are the focus of their work, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty who are in their first three years past graduation. Click here for more information.

National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families Summer Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 7, 2014

The newly launched National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families is a hub of research to improve the lives of Hispanic children and families across three research priority areas: 1) poverty reduction and self-sufficiency; 2) healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood; and 3) early care and education. The Center is both policy and program driven and is dedicated to providing timely research findings, tools, and scholar opportunities to advance the capacity of the policy, program, and research field serving Hispanic children and families. The goal of the Summer Research Fellowship Program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues of relevance to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. Fellows will have applied opportunities to work on research studies and policy-related projects relevant to the Center’s mission. The fellowship program is open to those currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program (Master’s, Ph.D., or ABD “all but dissertation”). Click here for more information.

NASW Foundation Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: March 5, 2014

One fellowship of up to $4,000 will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year to a social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on health policy and practice. Dissertations that include a diversity component are encouraged. Click here for more information.

NASW Foundation Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: March 5, 2014

One fellowship will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year to a social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on welfare policy and practice. Dissertations that include a diversity component are encouraged. Click here for more information. 

New York State Senate Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: April 28, 2014

Legislative and Memorial Fellowships are available. Legislative Fellows generally perform in-depth policy research, take part in meetings with various interest groups and constituents, and attend legislative sessions. Memorial fellows are placed in different New York state senate offices. n most cases, Fellows must be full time matriculated graduate students in an accredited university during the immediate previous spring and fall semesters. Fellowships are open to all Academic Majors. Clickhere for more information.

American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grants

Deadline: January 24, 2014

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program announces itsDissertation Grants competition. The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance. Click here for more information.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Health and Disability Fellowship

NACCHO, a national organization representing the approximately 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) nationwide, has an immediate opening for a paid, master’s or PhD level Health and Disability Project Fellow. The fellow will be responsible for supporting the Health and Disability project team members in meeting the following objectives: (1) increasing the number of states thoughtfully including people with disabilities into mainstream public health promotion activities; and (2) educating public health workforce on the inclusion of people with disabilities into program activities and interventions; and 3. Conducting a study on current levels of funding, staffing, and programmatic activities at state and local health departments focusing on the health of people with disabilities. Click here for more information.

The Federal Judicial Center Education Division Internship

Deadline: Late February

A paid internship opportunity is available for graduate students in the Education Division of the Federal Judicial Center, which delivers education and resources through a variety of means including: in-person programs to which participants travel, in-person programs conducted in courthouses for local participants, audio, video, and web conferences, programs and materials delivered over the court’s intranet, and printed publications. The internship responsibilities include: developing and conducting training needs assessment survey of judicial employees and/or officers; analyzing survey data and compiling reports; analyzing and summarizing participant evaluations of center educational programs. Click here for more information.

Family Strengthening Research Scholars Grant (OPRE)

Deadline: April 18, 2014

This program will support dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues.  These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. These grants are intended to address issues of significance to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations (e.g., low-income families, minority populations), utilitize rigorous research methodology (both primary data collection and secondary data analysis), and help inform the development of future intervention research. Click here for more information.

Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative

Deadline: May 1, 2014

The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW), along with backing from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), will provide support for a cohort of ten social work doctoral students who have completed their first year of doctoral studies. The goal of this program is to support dissertation and career development in gerontological social work research and education. Recipients will receive more than ten hours of programming delivered by nationally recognized experts in gerontological social work research and teaching, which is designed to prepare participants for an academic career in gerontological social work. Click here for more information.

Washington University L1 Predoctoral Program

Deadline: February 16, 2014

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. Click here for more information. 

National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Deadline: Discipline Dependent

The National Science Foundation awards grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student’s university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Click here for more information.

Asian and Pacific Islanders Social Work Education Association 2014-2015 Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA) has established two doctoral fellowships for Asian and Pacific Islander doctoral students. These fellowships will fund two doctoral students to attend the CSWE APM in Tampa, Florida. Awardees must present their dissertation proposal at the annual APISWEA meeting usually held in the afternoon prior to the CSWE APM opening ceremony. The objectives of these fellowships are: (1) to encourage doctoral students to share their current doctoral dissertation proposals with their colleagues and peers; and (2) to support doctoral students to attend CSWE APM. Click here for more information.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 28, 2014

The Mental Health Substance Abuse Fellowship Program (MHSAFP) is designed for racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social who hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program and who are preparing to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organization serving ethnic minority persons with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors. Click here for more information.

University of Chicago Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Deadline: December 15, 2013

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is pleased to offer the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. 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. The fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Click here for more information.

Okura Mental Health Scholarship for Asian and Pacific Islander Social Workers

Deadline: March 30, 2014

Two scholarships will be offered each year to fund the planning, implementation, and results dissemination of an innovative and culturally competent research project that focuses on API mental health related issues. Eligible applicants are post-graduate (MSW, MSSW) API social work doctoral students at the dissertation stage, or non-tenured full-time social work professors in the early stage of their career doing API related mental health research/training/programs. Click here for more information.

Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants Program

Deadline: January 31, 2014

It is the purpose of the SMSNA to increase public awareness of healthy sexuality and sexual problems, to foster the finest care for individuals suffering from sexual debility, and to encourage scholarship and research in human sexuality. Funding is available for graduate or medical students, residents in graduate medical education training programs, and post-doctoral/post-residency fellows. Because sexual medicine is a multi-disciplinary field and sex impacts almost every aspect of human endeavor in some way, we encourage applications from aspiring researchers representing diverse backgrounds including but not limited to urology, psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, internal medicine, geriatrics, public health, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, social work, and law. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.

Home Visit Research Network (HVRN) 2014 Early Career Home Visiting Research Scholar Program

Deadline: November 30, 2013

HVRN is currently seeking applicants for the Early Career Home Visiting Research Scholar Program. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to attend the Pew Charitable Trust Fourth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting in Washington DC on January 29th-31st, 2014 and, following the Summit, to receive consultation from HVRN leaders in designing a study addressing one or more of the national home visiting research agenda priorities. We are particularly interested in short term studies (e.g., complete within 12-18 months). Applicants should be: (1) currently enrolled in a doctoral program and hold a prior Master’s degree or master’s equivalent; (2) a post-doctoral Fellow or; (3) a junior faculty member who is no more than 3 years past completion of doctoral degree. Click here for more information.

Boren Fellowships

Deadline: January 28, 2014

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. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Click here for more information.

International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award

Deadline: January 15, 2014

The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is pleased to announce the ISTR Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award.  This award is presented biennially for a PhD dissertation completed or defended in the two calendar years (July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013) preceding the award Dissertations that contribute to the field of comparative study of civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropy, voluntarism and related issues are eligible. Dissertations focused exclusively on the United States are not eligible. Click here for more information.

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program

Deadline: November 1, 2013

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to help support dissertation expenses of doctoral students in the United States and Canada whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries. Click here for more information.

A Place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

Deadline: September 13, 2013

A Place for Mom, a leader in the senior living industry that provides senior care referrals to families across the United States, is proud to announce the commencement of their annual $1,000 scholarship for advancement in the field of gerontology. This is a general scholarship which will award the selected applicants with a financial donation. This scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in an accredited college or university during the academic year. Click here for more information.