PhD International Dissertation Research Fellowship in the field of humanities and social sciences for international students, 2012 USA


Level:PhD Dissertation Research

Fields:Humanities and social sciences

Deadline: 07 November 2012

Funded by: SSRC

Beneficiaries: Open to International Students

Benefits: Please see below the web.


  • PhD Research Fellowship in the field of humanities and social sciences for international students, 2012 USA
  • 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. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually.
  • Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000.
  • The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
  • Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research (in combination with US-based research, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding).
  • All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States.

Application methods

  • Online, The IDRF application must be filled out online and can be accessed through the SSRC Online Application Portal.
  • You will also use this portal to contact your referees and language evaluator(s), complete the research relevance section, upload your research proposal and bibliography, and send reminders to referees and language evaluators.
  • The reference letters and language evaluation(s) must also be submitted online by the same deadline.


  • The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences
  • regardless of citizenship
  • enrolled in PhD programs in the United States.
  • Applicants to the 2013 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2013, whichever comes first.

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