NISS Dissertation Grants are designed to support outstanding Ph.D. students who need additional resources to complete doctoral work that promises to significantly advance their fields of study. NISS anticipates making two to four grants in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each. NISS may consider granting larger amounts on a case-by-case basis.


April 15, 2024


NISS seeks projects in the fields of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Interdisciplinary projects that include one or more of these fields as a major component may also be considered.

Application Process

Eligible doctoral students at the University of Chicago must apply to be nominated through UChicagoGRAD. Each application should include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • A personal statement of no more than 750 words describing the project, the planned uses for money requested, and any relevant skills (i.e., statistics, foreign languages).

  • A one-page project budget

  • A letter of support from your academic sponsor that addresses (1) your academic qualifications and (2) the merits of your research

Please submit all applications to Margaret Kurkoski at no later than April 15, 2024 at 11:59PM CT.

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