SSRC Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants

Social Science Research Council


Grant amount: US $1,500 - US $5,000

Deadline: Nov 1, 2018

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

The Graduate Initiatives Program offers three predoctoral grant opportunities: the Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (GSE), the Predoctoral Research Development Grant (PRD), and the Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG). 

It is only open to Ph.D. students who were selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.

Eligible Fields of study are: 

  • 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)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The following guidelines refer to all three predoctoral grant opportunities:

    • Fellows may apply for one grant per year
    • Applicants must be Mellon undergraduate fellows enrolled in a doctoral program in an eligible field of study.
    • Each fellow may receive a maximum of $5,000 in GSE and PRD funds; DCG funds do not apply toward this total
  • 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
    • Available for up to $1,500 per academic year
    • May be received up to four times
    • Funds travel, equipment, books, journal subscriptions, and software
  • 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
    • 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)
    • Fellows must be in their seventh year or beyond and must provide a feasible timeline for completion of the dissertation within 12 months
    • 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
    • Fellows may not have participated in the Preparing for the Professoriate Seminar

Ineligibility:

  • The grants cannot be used for tuition and fees or living expenses.
  • Fellows that have begun the sixth year of graduate study are not eligible.