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PhD Fellowships

Besides Boston College GSSW funding and fellowship packages, PhD students are encouraged to apply for support from other external programs.

AAUW American Fellowships

Support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered.
Deadline: Generally November
Award: $6,000-$30,000
Learn more: AAUW American Fellowships

Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to support a scholar in the production of a substantial work in the areas of immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy. These were subjects of particular personal and professional interest to Mr. Schwartz. The successful candidate will develop at least a portion of her or his work from original research in archival materials from the collections of the Kennedy Library.
Deadline: Generally March
Award: Up to $3,100
Learn more: Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship

ADAA Career Development Travel Awards

These awards aim to help early career professionals with a research interest in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, such as basic and clinical neurobiology and psychopharmacology, clinical psychology, genetics, neuroimaging, epidemiology, and public health, as well as other areas. The awards also familiarize aspiring professionals with the membership and work of the association. ADAA will give up to 15 awards to graduate/medical students and early career professionals to present their research at its Annual Conference.
Deadline: 11/12/10
Award: Travel stipend and conference participation
Learn more: ADAA Career Development Travel Awards

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces its continued interest in supporting the health services dissertation research small grant program. This program supports research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate. The AHRQ dissertation award R36 supports dissertation research costs of students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories or possessions). The dissertation will focus on areas relevant to health services research, with emphasis placed on methodological and research topics that address the mission of AHRQ.
Deadline: Varies (February, June, October)
Award: Varies
Learn more: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

American Cancer Society Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work

This grant is awarded to qualifying doctoral students at schools of social work that train individuals to conduct research related to the psychosocial needs of persons with cancer and their families. Initial 2-year grant providing a stipend of $20,000 per year with possibility of a 2-year competitive renewal.
Deadline: Generally mid-October
Award: $20,000/year
Learn more: American Cancer Society Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work

CSWE Minority Fellowship Program

The primary goal of this program is to increase the number of ethnic minority mental health researchers and to contribute to the systematic development of knowledge regarding ethnic minority research in social work. Applicant must be an U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status. Eligibility includes but is not limited to persons who are American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black or Hispanic. Program is open to applicants who have degrees in social work or who are currently enrolled full-time in a doctoral social work program.
Deadline: Generally end of February
Award: $10,000
Learn more: CSWE Minority Fellowship Program

Dartmouth Chavez / Eastman / Marshall Dissertation Fellowships

Dartmouth College invites applications for the Cesar Chavez / Charles A. Eastman / Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowships from US citizens who plan careers in college or university teaching. The goal of the Chavez / Eastman / Marshall fellowship program is to promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars (including African-American, Latina/o, and Native American scholars) and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity. The Fellowships support graduate scholars for a year-long residency at Dartmouth that generally runs from September through August.
Deadline: Generally February 1st of each year
Award: $25,000
Learn more: Dartmouth Chavez / Eastman / Marshall Dissertation Fellowships

ETS Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship

During the academic year, selected fellows study at their universities and participate in a research project under the supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with ETS research scientists and psychometricians. During the summer, fellows are invited to participate in the Summer Internship Program for Graduate Students, working under the guidance of an ETS researcher. The goal of this program is to increase the number of well-trained scientists in educational measurement, psychometrics and statistics. At the time of application, candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program, have completed all the coursework toward the PhD, and be at the dissertation stage of their program. Dissertation topics in the areas of psychometrics, statistics, educational/psychological measurement, or quantitative methods will be given priority.
Deadline: Generally February 1
Award: Varies, starting $22,500
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Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations)
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Awards available for predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships.
Deadline: Generally November
Award: $20,000-$40,000
Learn more: Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence and aggression. The foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students during the dissertation-writing year.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grants: The research grants program welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs. HFG ordinarily makes awards in the range of $15,000 to $40,000 a year each for periods of one or two years.
Deadline: August 1
Award: Ranges from $15,000-$40,000
Learn more: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships: Ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner. It is only appropriate to apply for support for the final year of PhD work. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country.
Deadline: February 1
Award: $20,000
Learn more: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Grants

To provide leadership in the national effort to reduce the incidence of alcoholism and alcohol-related health problems. It is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration.
Deadline: TBA
Award: Varies
Learn more: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Grants

NASW Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship

The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship Program provides partial support to social work doctoral students who are engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice.
Deadline: Generally March
Award: Varies, by year
Learn more: NASW Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship

NASW Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

The Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship Program provides partial support to social work doctoral students who are engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice.
Deadline: Generally March
Award: Varies, by year
Learn more: NASW Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

NASW Ruth Fizdale Program

The Ruth Fizdale Program underwrites research projects that link practice and policy issues with relevant social issues. The objective is to facilitate effective service delivery. The program provides opportunities for NASW chapters to conduct pilot research projects targeted to a specific emerging issue. These pilot projects then may serve as cornerstones for developing more comprehensive research projects.
Deadline: TBA
Award: Varies, by year
Learn more: NASW Ruth Fizdale Program

NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship

The fellowship program brings visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Md. for a period of 13 months to conduct studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community. Fellows have access to NCHS data resources for use in their proposed studies, and also work on collaborative projects with NCHS staff.
Deadline: Generally January
Award: Varies, starting at $50,000
Learn more: NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)

Various awards are offered to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented; and, to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.
Deadline: Generally April, August, and December
Award: Varies
Learn more: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)