National Institute of Social Sciences launches 2023 Dissertation Grants Program

by Graduate Division Staff
Friday, April 21, 2023 9:29 AM

The National Institute of Social Sciences is pleased to launch its 2023 Dissertation Grants Program. NISS Dissertation Grants are designed to support outstanding Ph.D. students who need additional resources to complete doctoral work that promises to significantly advance their fields of study.

For 2023, NISS is seeking nominations in the fields of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Interdisciplinary projects that include one or more of these fields as a major component may also be considered.

For 2023, NISS again anticipates making two to four grants in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each. NISS may consider granting larger amounts on a case-by-case basis. 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, and per diem). 

Nomination Process and Deadline
Each nomination must include the following information, uploaded via the application portal: 

  • 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 

UC Santa Barbara can submit TWO nominations. Please submit all of the required documents by Monday, May 1, to