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Dissertation Grants

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The Institute on Aging at Boston College is now accepting applications for Dissertation Support Grants up to $7500. The program is open to any doctoral student enrolled full time at Boston College whose dissertation research studies aspects of older adults and/or their families. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of Boston College Faculty.


  • Enrolled as a full time doctoral student
  • Passed comprehensive exam
  • Received approval of dissertation proposal

Application Procedure:

Proposals should be submitted online to the Center for Centers. Please upload necessary supporting documentation.

  • Description of Dissertation Proposal (up to 5 pages)
  • Budget summary outlining plans to use funds (up to 1 page)
  • Description of other dissertation research grants sought or received (up to 2 pages)
  • Letter of support from Chair of Dissertation Committee highlighting the following:
    • Applicant’s academic excellence
    • Applicant’s readiness to complete dissertation in a timely fashion
    • Quality of research design and questions
    • Identification of other members of dissertation committee  
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic Transcript

Application Deadline:

The IOA will now have 2 application cycles for the Dissertation Grants. The first cycle will be December 14, 2018 and the second cycle will be by April 12, 2019. Decisions will be made shortly after applications are received. Awards will be paid out accordingly. If you have any questions please contact Shaylonda Barton.