International Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is delighted to announce the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). The IDRF welcomes proposals from full-time graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States, regardless of citizenship.

Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $22,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States.
  • Applicants to the 2019 IDRF competition must complete all Ph.D. requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2019, whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must need to register through the given link: https://soap.ssrc.org/

Rules:

  • The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics.
  • It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and Art HistoryPolitical Sciencetransregional research.
  • Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.
  • Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) may request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research in combination with site-specific research in the United States, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding.
  • All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States.
  • Research within the United States must be site-specific (e.g., at a particular archive) and cannot be at the applicant’s home institution unless that institution has necessary site-specific research holdings.
  • Note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.
  • Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country.
  • The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up.
  • The program does not accept applications from Ph.D. programs in law, business, medicine, nursing, or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a Ph.D.

Benefits:

  • Seventy fellowships are awarded annually.
  • Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $22,000.
  • The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be complete and submitted online before 9:00 pm (EST) on November 7, 2018.

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