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

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the 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 approaching the dissertation proposal stage.  Grants of up to $5,000 will support graduate students as they visit archives and museums and engage in preliminary fieldwork site analyses in order to refine their dissertation topics and better position themselves to compete for more extensive dissertation research and writing awards.


Applicants must be enrolled doctoral students in an arts, humanities or social sciences field who are at or near the dissertation proposal stage.  Strong 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.


Application Requirements

Students should submit application materials to their DGS.  The DGS will submit a brief cover letter ranking all students applying from the program, prioritizing those for whom an award would have a significant impact on the students’ prospects for future external funding and timely completion of the degree.
A complete application includes the following items: 

  • A 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 student’s plan for the subsequent academic year, and, if relevant, its relationship to pursuing specific opportunities for future support;
  • A budget that itemizes travel and research costs based on recent investigation into the actual prices of airline tickets, lodging and living support (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);
  • A CV; and
  • A one-page letter of support from the primary dissertation adviser that speaks specifically to the student’s preparation to undertake the proposed research and the impact that this research will have on the student’s overall dissertation project and progress to the degree.



Departments are asked to combine each student’s complete set of application materials into a separate MS Word or PDF file and to e-mail these files with the supporting cover letter to no later than 5 PM on Friday, March 8, 2019.  Awards will be announced during the first week of April.