Grant Recipients


The National Institute launched its Dissertation Grant Program, originally called the Seed Grant Program, in 2011 to support outstanding graduate students in the social sciences. These grants supplemented a university’s financial support and other funding that the student already had in place.


2016 - hirokazu shirado

Hirokazu Shirado is a researcher in the fields of social networks and human-machine interactions, especially the experimental study of cooperative behaviors within social networks. [more]


2015 - zachary cooper

Zack Cooper is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies US defense strategy in Asia, US alliances and partnerships in Asia, US-China strategic competition, and Chinese statecraft and coercion. [more]


2013 - rebecca diamond

Rebecca Diamond is an applied micro-economist studying local labor and housing markets. Her recent research focuses on the causes and consequences of diverging economic growth across U.S. cities and its effects on inequality. [more]


2011 - Thai Jones

Thai Jones won the first seed grant while a doctoral candidate in U.S. history at Columbia University. He studies radical social movements, New York City history, and environmental history in the United States. [more]