Fellowships and Grants

Fellowship Opportunities for PhD Students in

Public Policy and Management

 Below is a selection of fellowship opportunities that PhD students in public policy and management would be eligible to apply for to support pre-doctoral and dissertation research. 

Washington Canadian Embassy
Canadian Studies Grant Program—Graduate Student Fellowship Program

“This program is intended for doctoral at accredited U.S. and Canadian four-year colleges and universities whose dissertations are related in substantial part to the study of Canada or Canada-U.S. relations.  Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and should have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation when they apply for a grant.” http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/can-am/washington/studies/grantguide-en.asp#graduate 

Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy

Designed for “students who are currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at an accredited institution in the United States…The WREI Fellowships are designed to train women as potential leaders in public policy formation and to examine issues from the perspective and experiences and needs of women.  This unique legislative program is administered by WREI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization located in Washington, DC, and is the only fellowship program directed by, for, and about women.”http://www.wrei.org/fellowships/information.htm 

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Dissertation Fellowships

“The Lincoln Institute offers annual dissertation fellowships which provide financial support to students of policy at different stages of their academic careers.  As recipients of a Lincoln Institute fellowship, students contribute to the tax and land policy knowledge base and develop ideas that guide policy makers throughout the world.  The fellowship program provides an important link between the Institute’s educational mission and its research objectives by supporting scholars early in their careers.  Fellowships are open to Ph.D. students completing their dissertations whose research focuses on some aspects of land and tax policy.  Dissertation fellowship awards are generally $10,000 each.” http://www.lincolninst.edu/education/fellowships.asp 

National Institute of Health, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Training Grants and Fellowships

The NIH National Research Service Awards offer pre-doctoral fellowships to PhD students working on research in the field of public health administration and policy.  Fellowships for minority students are available (the Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award for Minority Students) http://www.grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm 

National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Dissertations initiative for the advancement of climate-change research (DISCCRS)

Dissertation awards are available for PhD students & graduates focused on climate-change research  http://aslo.org/phd.html

RAND Corporation, Graduate Student Summer Associate Program
  “The program is designed for fulltime students who have completed at least two years of graduate work leading to a doctorate or professional degree…Each associate is assigned to a research project and is mentored by a senior research staff member—usually one with the same academic background as the associate…Each student is required to prepare a paper and to present a seminar at the conclusion of the associateship.  Associates have full access to RAND’s research facilities.”    http://www.rand.org/about/edu_op/fellowships/gsap/ 
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships
  SSRC offers a number of fellowship opportunities for PhD students researching pressing policy issues, particularly for students with an international focus.  SSRC fellowships include:
        • Eurasia Pre-dissertation Training & Dissertation Write-up Fellowships
        • Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop & Fellowships
        • International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships
        • International Migration Summer Institute


Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
  “The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education.  These fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.”   http://www.spencer.org/programs/index.htm 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation
  “This program supports research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate.  The AHRQ dissertation award R36 supports dissertation research costs of students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States…The dissertation will focus on areas relevant to health services research, with emphasis placed on methodological and research topics that address the mission of AHRQ.”           http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-039.html 
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Early Doctoral Student Research Grant
  “The Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG) program assists eligible doctoral students cultivate their research skills through the preparation of research manuscripts that focus on housing and urban development issues.  This program also supports and encourages new scholars to share their research findings through presentations at scholarly conference and/or publication in a refereed journal.  OUP competitively awards one-time grants of up to $15,000 to pre-dissertation doctoral students…   http://www.oup.org/programs/aboutEDSRG.asp
Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant
  “The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues.  This program…encourages doctoral candidates to engage in research studies that focus on policy-relevant housing and community development issues that impact the country…[and] provides a forum for Ph.D. candidates to share their research findings…OUP competitively awards one-time grants of up to $25,000 for a period of 24 months to doctoral candidates currently enrolled at accredited institutions of higher education.” http://www.oup.org/programs/aboutDDRG.asp
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship Program
  “The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program was established by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1991 and re-authorized in 1998 by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).  Eisenhower Graduate (GRAD) Fellowships – enable students to pursue Master’s Degrees or Doctorates in transportation-related fields…”                                                              http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/ddetfp.asp 
William T. Grant Foundation
  Research awards are available for young scholars whose research focuses on young people. http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/info-url_nocat3042/info-url_nocat.htm 
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  “The Woodrow Wilson – Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Health encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries…The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers both Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowships and WW-Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Health.  Eligibility: Students in doctoral programs such as nursing, public health, anthropology, history, sociology, psychology, and social work, at graduate schools in the Unites States are eligible to apply.” http://www.woodrow.org/womens-studies/health/purpose.html
EPA STAR Fellowship
  Has a variety of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary categories for environmentally related topics.  There are also categories for entering doctoral students, first year doctoral students, and continuing doctoral students.                                                         http://es.epa.gov/ncer/fellow  

American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellowships connect science professionals—including social scientists—with federal decision-makers. These prestigious fellowships provide significant career-enhancing opportunities to learn about the policy-making process. Fellows spend a year (September 1-August 31) working in Washington, DC, with Congress or a federal agency in one of six thematic areas: Congressional; Diplomacy; National & Global Security; Health, Education, & Human Services; Energy, Environment, & Natural Resources; and Revelle Global Stewardship. 

Stipends begin at $64,000. Applicants from the social sciences must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree and must be U.S. citizens.  

The deadline for applications for 2006-07 fellowships is January 10, 2006. To apply or to request more information, contact AAAS at: 

Phone               202-326-6700
E-mail               fellowships@aaas.org
Website            www.fellowships.aaas.org


Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation

$24,000 Dissertation Fellowships

The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards one-year fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation.  Dissertation Fellowships are intended to cover both academic and living expenses from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.


Applicants must:

     - Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or U.S. nationals

     - Have completed all coursework and passed all preliminary exams

     - Have approval for the dissertation research proposal by February 3, 2005

     - Be entering the final year of writing the dissertation

Students who currently hold a fellowship for the purpose of the writing the dissertation during the year preceding the Udall Dissertation Fellowship are not eligible.


-         The dissertation topic is relevant and significant to national environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution;

-         The dissertation will be completed no later than June 20, 2006 (reviewers will carefully evaluate the scholar’s timeline to assess its feasibility);

-         The scholar has demonstrated scholarly excellence and the potential to make a significant contribution to his/her field;

-         The scholar has demonstrated personal commitment to national environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution, and an understanding of Morris Udall’s environmental legacy. 

Applications and additional information are available at http://www.udall.gov/p_fellowships.asp.  You may also request a copy of the application from:

                 Dr. Jane Curlin, Program Manager

                 Morris K. Udall Foundation

                 130 S. Scott Avenue

                 Tucson, AZ  85701-1922





Funding from the Mellon Foundation will provide a two-year post-doctoral fellowship for a candidate with an outstanding record in the area of science & technology studies.  A Ph.D. in science & technology studies or a related field, such as the history, sociology, or anthropology of science, is required.  We especially encourage applications from candidates who have conducted empirical research on central issues in S&TS and whose interests are relevant to normative questions.  The salary for this position will be $46,500 per year, and includes standard faculty health insurance and retirement benefits.  A research account of $2,000 per year will also be provided.  In addition, the fellow will have a fund of $4,000 from which moving costs, computer purchase, and further research expenses can be reimbursed over the course of the two-year fellowship.  The fellow is expected to teach one course per semester, according to the needs of the Department of Science & Technology Studies, and to attend the Faculty Seminar in the Humanities, an interdisciplinary group that will meet for two hours per week.  During 2004-05, the theme of the Faculty Seminar will be ethics and during 2005-06 it will relate to culture and value.


Eligibility:  Applicants who received the Ph.D. degree after September 1998 and who will complete their work for the Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2004, are eligible to apply.


For more information on S&TS at Cornell, please see www.sts.cornell.edu.  To apply, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and the names and addresses of three references to:


Mellon Fellowship Search
Department of Science & Technology Studies
306 Rockefeller Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply; Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.



The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is accepting applications for grants to enable scholars to visit the Harry S. Truman Library, in Independence, Mo., for one to three weeks to use its collections. Projects that deal with public and foreign policy are encouraged.
  • Who is eligible: scholars engaged in advanced research. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Deadlines for applications: April 1 and October 1.
  • Total amount to be awarded and number of awards: not specified.
  • Amount of individual awards: up to $2,500
View the announcement on the library's Web site:   http://www.trumanlibrary.org/grants/#ress

The College of Architecture and Planning at University of Colorado will provide a doctoral fellowship with full funding, including tuition, to a qualified applicant seeking to undertake research on some aspect of children, youth and environments in its Ph.D. Program in Design and Planning. The College hosts the journal Children, Youth and Environments  http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye/index.html and is proposing to establish, this Spring, the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Design and Research, in whose activities the applicant will be expected to be involved.

For more information, contact:

Willem van Vliet-
Ph.D. Program Director
College of Architecture and Planning
University of Colorado, CB 314
Boulder, CO 80309-0314
Phone: 303/492-5015
Email: Willem.VanVliet@colorado.edu


The John Dewan Memorial Foundation (5588 Buckthorn Lake Road, Highland, Michigan 48357) offers scholarships to students interested in continuing their education in a field of study that will assist them in furthering the ideals of the Labor Movement in the United States. Applicants are required to asked to submit an application with a one page letter of recommendation and an essay of between 300 and 400 words on a topic as designated by the Foundation.  Deadlines for submission are in February and August of each year.

The President of the Foundation is Robert Lent, retired UAW Region 1 Director.  The Executive Secretary, who aptly and effectively undertakes all administrative duties, is Darlene Berent.  Ms. Berent may be reached by email at jberent1@aol.com.  She will be happy to place you on the mailing list (regular postal service), send you an application or answer your questions.


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