Funding Opportunities

Below is a non-exhaustive list of internal, federal, and non-federal grants and fellowships of interest to students in the Social Sciences. For a more comprehensive database, visit UChicagoGRAD.

Internal Grants and Fellowships

The University of Chicago’s centers, departments, and divisions offer grants and fellowships to graduate students. If you are interested in applying for funding, start with your academic department as some departments have internal funding opportunities that are not advertised to the campus at large.

Funding Source Opportunity
Graduate Council Travel Fund
Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer and Academic Year Fellowships
Center for East Asian Studies China Studies Funding
Japan Studies Funding
Korea Studies Funding
Luce Scholars Program
Center for Health and the Social Sciences UCANU Health Services Research Training Program (T32)
Center for International Social Sciences Research Dissertation Support Grant
Graduate Field Research Grant
Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Field Research Grant
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) Dissertation Fellowship
Residential Fellowship
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) Dissertation Fellowship
Research and Travel Grant
Residential Fellowship
CSGS & CSRPC Joint Dissertation Fellowship
Committee on Southern Asian Studies Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship
Pre-Dissertation Travel Support Fellowship
France Chicago Center Research Fellowships and Travel Grants
Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies Research and Travel Grant
Conference Grant
Dissertation Fellowship
Nicholson Center for British Studies Graduate Fellowships
Graduate Initiative Competition
Pearson Institute Research and Innovation Fund
Pozen Family Center for Human Rights PhD Research Grant
Division of the Social Sciences Travel Grants
Social Sciences Research Center Graduate Student Fellowship Program
Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge Dissertation Research Fellowships
Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State PhD Dissertation Award
Major Federal Agency Fellowships

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG): Offered in a variety of disciplines, funding supports research and travel in order to improve dissertation quality
Deadline: varies depending on the program

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Stipend and tuition support for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees
Deadline: late October

National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (F31): Enables predoctoral students to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research
Deadlines: April 8, August 8, and December 8

National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: Provides 12 to 18 months of support for research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics
Deadline: not accepting applications in 2021.

Major Non-Federal Opportunities

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: Supports original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.
Deadline: November

Fulbright Fellowship: Fellowships for 8-12 months of study or research abroad; criteria vary by country. UChicagoGRAD manages the internal application process
Deadline: mid-September (internal)

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Supports graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing
Deadline: Mid-October

National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships: Supports students whose dissertations bring fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of education
Deadline: Early October

Social Science Research Council/Mellon International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship: Offers 8-12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics
Deadline: early November