Grant Information Foundation objectives:

  • To support scholars from the social sciences in the early stages of their career through small grants
  • To promote projects which have social policy application
  • To encourage research that addresses contemporary issues within the social sciences
  • Awards are based solely on merit, not to ensure a representative base of recipients or disciplines.
Funding amount:
$7500 per grant—$5000 initially and an additional $2500 upon completion of the project. Grants are non-renewable.

Criteria for completion include:

  • approval of the dissertation
  • acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal, or
  • invitation to write a book chapter based on the research.
Grants are only open to current PhD candidates whose project has received approval from their department

  • Grants are not available to applicants who already hold a doctorate
  • Applicants are not required to be citizens or residents of the United States
      How the grants are administered:
Awards are made to individuals, not institutions, and if processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is requested. Recipients are expected to acknowledge assistance provided by the Foundation in any publication resulting from their research and are also asked to notify the Foundation. Awards are publicized in appropriate professional media and on the Foundation’s website.
    1024px-Gnome-emblem-documents.svg Types of projects supported:
Candidates may propose new projects or they may solicit support for research in progress, including final work on a dissertation, supplementing research funds for a work in progress, or travel funds.The following categories of proposals are given priority in determining recipients:

  1. Proposals that address large-scale geographical situations, and those with policy applications beyond the research design itself.
  2. Proposals that rely on empirically informed, large sample sizes, often in historically rich time series, that make few presumptions of application.
  3. Proposals that are theoretically rich and emphasize policy issues of broad meaning to the larger public sphere.
  4. Proposals in areas where few previous research applications are currently available.

These are guidelines, not mandates, and are not listed in order of importance. Each proposal will be evaluated solely on its own merit by the Board.

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