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Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Sixty-eight fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins.

The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.


usually late October

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: None

Graduate: PhD Student, ABD Student- must be ABD at start of award

Award Type:
Study / Research Abroad

Award Period:
Academic Year (Graduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Humanities and Humanisitic Social Sciences, Study Abroad

Additional Qualifications:

Last Updated:
June 21, 2017

Last Updated: 9/12/17