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

Sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, 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.

For students granted an AHSS Summer Research Award in Spring 2020, please visit our Award Guidelines page for additional guidance related to activating your fellowship/award.


Applicants must be Ph.D. students in an arts, humanities, or social sciences field who are no more than three years into their course of study.


early March

Application Materials

  1. Project statement not to exceed two double-spaced pages that explains the significance of the proposed summer research within the overall dissertation project, the impact that this preliminary research will have on the your plan for the subsequent academic year, and, if relevant, its relationship to pursuing specific opportunities for future support
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. A detailed budget that itemizes travel and research costs based on recent investigation into the actual prices of airline tickets, lodging and living support
  4. One-page letter of support from your primary dissertation advisor that speaks specifically to your preparation to undertake the proposed research and the impact this research will have on your overall dissertation project and progress to the degree. You should notify this individual to expect an email from the application system with instructions for providing the letter of support. You are responsible for ensuring this request is completed.

Note: While the University’s travel rate guide may be helpful for planning purposes, students typically do not require business-class per diems for adequate living support