Social Sciences –
Pre-Dissertation Research Grants (PDR)

Application Deadline:

  • Proposals are due by 11:45pm, Sunday, October 11, 2020
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 5
  • Anticipated Funding Amount per Award: $3,000

Fund information:

The Social Sciences Research Institute provides Pre-Dissertation Research (PDR) grants of up to $3,000 to support expenses related to preliminary dissertation research for graduate students in the School of Social Sciences. All subject areas and methodologies within the School will be considered equally. Normally, PDR applicants will be in their second to fourth year of graduate study. The PDR grants are intended for exploratory research that will enable the student to conduct pilot or other preliminary projects in order to better formulate a dissertation plan. This preliminary work should enable the student to prepare a stronger dissertation and/or submit more competitive dissertation research applications to other internal or external funding sources. For students who are ready to fully embark on their dissertation research project, the SSRI’s Dissertation Research Improvement Grant competition is more appropriate.

For more detailed information, please visit the grant's homepage.


Please contact Chris Rodriguez.