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.
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.
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
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