Application Tool Kits
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants/Awards
The National Science Foundation awards grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants are offered in a variety of social sciences disciplines. Requirements and deadlines vary across programs, so interested doctoral students are advised to consult the NSF’s website and to carefully read the solicitations and instructions.
The SSRC provides documents to help you apply for an NSF DDRIG:
Program list: deadlines, program officers, and SSD grants contacts
NSF Proposal digest: instructions for preparing your application
The Sociology and Political Science programs are now run through their respective professional organizations, see infosheets below for more information:
—ASA Sociology DDRIG Infosheet
—APSA Political Science DDRIG Infosheet
To view all documents, including samples, click here.
NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship
NIJ has cancelled the GRF solicitation for FY 2022.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funds innovative doctoral dissertation research in the social and behavioral sciences that is relevant to reducing and preventing violent crime, combating the opioid epidemic, promoting law enforcement officer safety, health, and wellness, rescuing and restoring crime victims, securing our Nation’s borders, and enhancing law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state, local and tribal levels.
The SSRC provides documents to help you apply for an NIJ GRF: