SSRC Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce SSRC Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants. The names of the grants are as Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (GSE), the Predoctoral Research Development Grant (PRD), and the Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG).

These grants are only open to Ph.D. students who were selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. Each fellow may receive a maximum of $5,000 in GSE and PRD funds. Funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program provides support for scholars from all backgrounds with a demonstrated commitment to this goal.

Who May Eligible:

The following guidelines refer to all three predoctoral grant opportunities:

  • Fellows may apply for one grant per year
  • Applicants must be Mellon fellows enrolled in a doctoral program in an eligible field of study
  • Fellows must enroll in doctoral programs within 39 months of receiving their undergraduate degrees.
  • Fellows must be in one of the fields listed as:
    Eligible Fields of Study: Anthropology and Archaeology, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, Computer Science, Geography and Population Studies, Earth/Environmental/Geological Science and Ecology, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus), Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Oceanographic/Marine/Atmospheric/Planetary Science, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Physics and Astronomy, Religion and Theology, Sociology, Theater (non-performance focus), and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Graduate Studies Enhancement (GSE) Grant
    • Fellows must be in their second to fifth years of graduate school
    • Students at South African universities are eligible to apply in the first year of their Master’s programs
    • Fellows that have begun the sixth year of graduate study are not eligible
  • Predoctoral Research Development (PRD) Grant
    • Fellows must be in their second to fifth years of graduate school; students at South African universities are eligible to apply in the first year of their Master’s programs
    • Fellows that have begun the sixth year of graduate study are not eligible
    • Requires a letter of support from an adviser or committee member
  • Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG)
    • Fellows must be in their seventh year or beyond and must provide a feasible timeline for completion of the dissertation within 12 months
    • Fellows may not have participated in the Preparing for the Professoriate Seminar

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To win the competition, you need to do register through the given link:
http://mellon-fellows.ssrc.org/wp-login.php

Rules:

  • The grants cannot be used for tuition and fees or living expenses
  • Grants are disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis

Benefits:

  • Graduate Studies Enhancement (GSE) Grant:
    • Available for up to $1,500 per academic year
    • Maybe received up to four times
    • Funds travel, equipment, books, journal subscriptions, and software
  • Predoctoral Research Development (PRD) Grant
    • Available for up to $3,000 once during a fellow’s graduate school career
    • Funds small-scale, preliminary research and other activities
  • Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG)
    • Available for up to $2,500 once during a fellow’s graduate school career
    • Funds travel, equipment, books, journal subscriptions, and software that support the completion of the dissertation

Application Deadline:

Applications for the Predoctoral Research Grants are open from May 1 to November 1.

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