Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Awards

All applications must be submitted through the applicant's Director for Graduate Studies, who will transmit the applications for that program with a ranked list of the applicants to by 5:00pm on March 10, 2016.  Award recipients will be announced no later than March 24, 2016.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the VPR Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs are pleased to announce this year’s competition for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Awards.
The purpose of these awards is to stimulate preliminary dissertation research for students who are at or near the dissertation proposal stage. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support graduate students as they visit archives and museums; engage in pre‐field analysis and logistics and survey available sources in order to sharpen focus on a dissertation topic; and better position themselves for larger future dissertation research and writing awards.
Eligibility: Applicants must be Ph.D. students in an arts, humanities, or social sciences field who are at or near the dissertation proposal stage. Preference will be given to students who are no more than three years into their course of study and for whom exploratory research is necessary for making significant progress on a larger project. Applications must be received from DGS's only. Please contact your DGS to be considered for this award.
Applications must include the following items:
1) A project statement written by the student, not to exceed two double‐spaced pages, drawing attention to the significance of summer research to the overall dissertation project and the impact the preliminary research will have on securing future support, if necessary
2) A one-page budget, including travel and research costs (see below for advice on getting started)
3) A current CV
4) A one‐page letter of support from the primary dissertation adviser that speaks specifically to: 1) the student’s readiness and preparation to take on the proposed research and 2) the impact that the proposed research will have on the overall dissertation project and time to degree
Creating a budget: Students planning foreign travel may wish to use the U.S. Department of State’s per diem rates ( as a guide in constructing their budgets. For domestic travel, UVa procurement provides a helpful domestic rate guide: