This guide lists sources of funding for doctoral study. The department expects students to seek external support for dissertations and other projects, just as faculty members do. Research awards help you cover the costs of primary data collection, library use, and write-up. They are important signals of success too.
Usually students prepare research proposals for funding during the winter term of the second year and the summer between the second and third years. They submit these proposals to NSF, SSRC, and other organizations in the fall term of the third year in order to carry out primary research in the fourth year. Missing the deadlines adds at least a year to the time-to-degree. Most students take a research design class in the major field in order to develop successful proposals.
Please see our Funding and Fellowship Guide for more information.