Student Research Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Below is a non-exhaustive list of internal, federal, and non-federal grants and fellowships of interest to students in the social sciences. For a more comprehensive database, visit the UChicagoGRAD Fellowships Database.

The University of Chicago’s centers, departments, and divisions offer grants and fellowships to graduate students. If you are interested in applying for funding, start with your academic department as some departments have internal funding opportunities that are not advertised to the campus at large.

Becker Friedman Institute
The Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics

Center for East Asian Studies
China Studies Funding
Japan Studies Funding
Korea Studies Funding

Center for Health and the Social Sciences
UCANU Health Services Research Training Program (T32)

Center for International Social Sciences Research
Dissertation Completion Grants
Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph Field Research Award for Graduate Students

Center for Latin American Studies
Mellon Research Travel Fellowship
Tinker Field Research Grant

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS)
Dissertation Completion and Residential Fellowships
Research Grants

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC)
Dissertation Completion and Residential Fellowships
Research and Travel Grants

Committee on Southern Asian Studies
Dissertation Writing Support Fellowship
Summer Research and Travel

Foreign Language and Area Studies
Summer and Academic Year Fellowships

France Chicago Center
François Furet Travel Grant
EHESS Exchange Fellowship
Sciences Po Exchange Fellowship

Graduate Council
Research and Personal Development Fund

Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies
Research and Travel Grants
Conference Presentation Grants

Nicholson Center for British Studies
Graduate Research Fellowships
Graduate Archival Research Grants

Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts
Research and Innovation Fund

Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
Research Grants for PhD Students

Social Sciences Research Center
Graduate Student Fellowship Program
W. Allison Davis Graduate Research Award
Gedvila Family Research Award
David R. and Mady W. Segal Fund for Social Sciences Research on Military Personnel

Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State
PhD Dissertation Award

National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31)
Enables predoctoral students to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.
Deadlines: April 8, August 8, and December 8

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Provides 12 to 18 months of support for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics.
Deadline: Spring

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG)
Offered in a variety of disciplines, funding supports research and travel in order to improve dissertation quality.
Deadline: Varies depending on the program

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Stipend and tuition support for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.
Deadline: Mid-October

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Supports original and significant dissertation study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.
Deadline: November

Fulbright Fellowship
Fellowships for 8–12 months of study or research abroad; criteria vary by country. UChicagoGRAD manages the internal application process.
Deadline: Late August (internal)

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship
Supports doctoral students pursuing innovative research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences and who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions.
Deadline: Late October

National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Supports students whose dissertations bring fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of education.
Deadline: Early October


For questions about funding, UChicagoGrad, your academic department, and the Dean of Students office can help provide answers. Identify the right resource for your question below.


Your Academic Department

Dean of Students Office