Early history[ edit ] The SSRC came into being in as a result of the initiative of the American Political Science Association 's committee on research, headed by the association's president, Charles E. Merriam —who was political science chair at the University of Chicago and an early champion of behaviorally oriented social science. Other national associations—in anthropologyhistoryand psychology —designated representatives to the new entity, named the Social Science Research Council SSRCin the year following its incorporation on December 27, In subsequent years, the membership would expand to include representatives from lawgeographypsychiatryand medicine.
Not currently accepting applications. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually.
Applicants to the IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by Decemberwhichever comes first. The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics.
It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.
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.
Research within the United States must be site-specific e. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.
Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding.
The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site s for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period.
The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing, or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD.
Selection Criteria The IDRF competition promotes a range of approaches and research designs beyond single-site or single-country research, including comparative work at the national and regional levels and explicit comparison of cases across time frames.
The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, and quantitative data collection.
Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multidisciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant's discipline and in other related fields, as well as a bibliography relevant to the research.
Applicants should specify why an extended period of on-site research is critical for successful completion of the proposed doctoral dissertation. The research design of proposals should be realistic in scope, clearly formulated, and responsive to theoretical and methodological concerns.
Applicants should provide evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training to undertake the proposed research, including evidence of a degree of language fluency sufficient to complete the project.Social Science Research Council.
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. At Rutgers, we recently had a visit from the program officer of one of the most prestigious fellowship awards for which we help graduate students apply: the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship.
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S.
cultures and societies. IDRF accepts applications for research that is situated in a specific. These research grants and fellowships are designed to assist students performing dissertation research.
They vary widely in eligibility conditions, application requirements and types of research sponsored. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully read program details and to work closely with their advisors throughout the proposal writing phase of their application.
Rockefeller Resident Fellowships in the Humanities will be offered at host institutions that were selected for their potential to promote new work in the humanities. Host institutions include academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, museums, research libraries and community cultural centers that select scholars to receive Rockefeller Fellowships.
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