Doctoral Research and Dissertation Awards

A wide range of academic centers/institutes, professional organizations, foundations and government agencies regularly provide funding to support doctoral research and dissertation projects. Here are external funding opportunities for which applications are currently being accepted:



Dissertation Fellowship Program in Retirement Research
Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College
Boston College (BC)
Apr. 30, 2024 $28,000
Bourse de recherche post-doctorale de la Fondation Colette Caillat | Colette Caillat Foundation postdoctoral research grant
Institut de France
Apr. 30, 2024 €4,000EUR
Best Ph.D. Thesis/Dissertation Award
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
May 1, 2024 $1,000
Dissertation Grant
International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG)
May 1, 2024 $5,000
Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc
May 1, 2024 $25,000
Predoctoral Fellowship Program
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University
May 1, 2024 $42,588
CCWH Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship
Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH)
May 15, 2024 $1,000
CCWH Catherine Prelinger Award
Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH)
May 15, 2024 $20,000
Nursing Education Scholarship Awards
NLN Foundation for Nursing Education
National League for Nursing
May 21, 2024 $8,000
Dissertation Grants Program
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
May 30, 2024 $27,500
Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize
American Studies Association (ASA)
Jun 1, 2024 $500
AFA Dissertation Grant
Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)
American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Jun 1, 2024 $2,000
Lewis Hanke Post-Doctoral Award
Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)
Jun 1, 2024 $1,500
Lydia Cabrera Awards
Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)
Jun 1, 2024 $5,000
Leslie Brown Memorial Grant
Raptor Research Foundation (RRF)
Jun 30, 2024 $2,500
Sandra Wilson Memorial Doctoral Dissertation Grant Awards
EMDR Research Foundation
Jul 1, 2024 $5,000
Margery Lowens Dissertation Research Fellowship
Society for American Music (SAM)
Jul 15, 2024 $4,000
Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowships
American Society for Theatre Research
Jul 16, 2024 $1,000
Biological Anthropology Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (BA-DDRIG)
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Jul 31, 2024 see record
Dissertation Fellowship
Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges
Gettysburg College
Aug. 21, 2024 see record
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Oct. 31, 2024 $20,000
Grant Program
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
Nov. 1, 2024 see record
Dissertation Research Grants
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
Dec. 31, 2024 $1,000
Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Indicators, Statistics, and Methods (NCSES S&T)
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Jan. 21, 2025 see record
John Leyerle-CARA Prize for Dissertation Research
Medieval Academy of America
Jan. 31, 2025 $1,000
Fichter Research Grants
Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR)
Feb. 1, 2025 see record
Dissertation Year Fellowships
Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs
Office of Presidential Libraries
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Feb. 1, 2025 $16,000
Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Continuous $9,000


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For help with an application, make an appointment with Dan Olson-Bang in the Graduate School (select Graduate School Professional and Career Development > Fellowship/Scholarship/Grant Help).