Dissertation Grant Program, 2019-20

The National Institute of Social Sciences invites nominations for its 2019-2020 Dissertation Grants Program. NISS Dissertation Grants are designed to support outstanding Ph.D. students who need resources to complete doctoral work that promises to advance significantly their fields of study. Any accredited U.S. university that awards doctoral degrees in the social sciences is eligible to nominate a graduate student for an NISS Dissertation Grant.

This year, NISS seeks nominations in the fields of anthropology, economics, and history. Interdisciplinary projects that include one or more of these fields as a major component may also be considered. 

preferred Disciplines


Any accredited U.S. university that grants doctoral degrees in the appropriate social science fields is eligible to nominate a graduate student to receive an NISS Dissertation Grant. Each university many nominate only one candidate.

Number & Size
of Grants

NISS anticipates making one or more grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. NISS may consider making larger amounts on a case-by-case basis.

Covered Expenses

Grants may be used to cover any necessary expenses related to completing a dissertation, including (but not limited to) travel to a library or archive, photography or photocopying, field research, and conference support (including fees, childcare, per diem). 

Nomination Requirements

Each nomination must include the following information: 

  • The nominee’s CV 

  • The nominee’s personal statement of no more than 750 words describing the project, the planned uses for money requested, and any relevant skills (i.e., statistics, foreign languages) the nominee possesses

  • A one-page project budget

  • A letter of support from the nominee’s academic sponsor that addresses (1) the nominee’s academic qualifications and (2) the merits of the nominee’s research

Deadline & Schedule

Nominations are due no later than Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. (EST). Grants will be announced in January 2020.

The nomination must be submitted online at www.socialsciencesinstitute.org/grants. (Click on “Institutional Submission Portal” to submit materials.) The nomination must be submitted online by the university’s provost, or another officer specifically designated for this task.



Contact Dr. Timothy Cross, Executive Director, at admin@socialsciencesinstitute.org or 347-261-4579.