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IARI | Dissertation Funding Opportunities

Listed below are various funding opportunities for pre-doctoral student support. This page is continuously updated. If you need assistance with the application process, please contact your faculty advisor.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) also offers a series of annual deadlines for their doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIG) in accordance with the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE):

DEADLINE: January 31

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy


DEADLINE: February 9

UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Global Security Dissertation Fellowship Program


DEADLINE: February 1

The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research at the American Philosophical Society


DEADLINE: March 24

Dissertation Grants at the Association for Institutional Research, Data and Decisions for Higher Education


DEADLINE: January 15

Short-term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society


DEADLINE: January 15

Fellowships at the Smithsonian

DEADLINE: January 20

Grassroots Development Fellowship Program at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF)



Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship, Funding Policy-Relevant Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)


DEADLINE: January 31

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust


DEADLINE: February 2

Dissertation Fellowship Program at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies

DEADLINE: January 16

International Security Fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

DEADLINE: February 1

Dissertation Fellowships at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

DEADLINE: February 1

Dissertation Year Fellowships at the Harry S. Truman Library Institute

DEADLINE: February 20

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships at the Resources for the Future (RFF)



Congressional Research Grants at the Dirksen Congressional Center


Visiting Research Fellowships in Colonial and U.S. History and Culture at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

DEADLINE: February 28

The Economic Club Fellowships at the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

DEADLINE: November 20

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources at the Council on Library and Information Resources


Grant Programs at the Institute of Turkish Studies


NEH Research Fellowships at the Saint Louis University, College of Arts and Sciences


Gilder Lehrman Fellowship Program at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


Dr. Guido Goldman Fellowship for the Study of German and European Economic Affairs at the American Council on Germany (ACG)


Research Fellowship at the American Institute of Indian Studies

DEADLINE: September 15

Dissertation Research Award Program at the American Psychological Association


DEADLINE: September 10

Dissertation Research Award Program at the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

DEADLINE: Program Temporarily Suspended

The George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowships at the George C. Marshall Foundation

DEADLINE: October 1

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program at the National Academy of Education (NAED)

DEADLINE: Rolling until further notice

DAAD Fellowship at the Leo Baeck Institute

DEADLINE: November 2

Resident Scholar Fellowships at the School for Advanced Research (SAR)

DEADLINE: November 3

International Dissertation Research Fellowship at the Social Science Research Council

DEADLINE: October 21

Mellon Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships at the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

DEADLINE: November 15

American Association of University Women

DEADLINE: November 15

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships at the Hagley Museum and Library

DEADLINE: November 4

ACLS Program in China Studies at the Henry Luce Foundation

DEADLINE: October 15

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

DEADLINE: November 15

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship


DEADLINE: November 13

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships at the Ford Foundation

DEADLINE: December 1

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the University of Berlin

DEADLINE: December 1

Pre-Doctoral Residential Research Fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies


DEADLINE: December 1

Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship & Mentoring at the American Bar Foundation (ABF)

DEADLINE: December 4

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

DEADLINE: November 15

Fellowships at The Huntington Library

DEADLINE: Varies by Program

National Science Foundation

DEADLINE: Deadline not yet posted

The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship, American Philosophical Society