Category: Funding Opportunities – External

[External] Robert J. McNamara Student Paper Award (deadline: 6/1/2020)

Deadline: June 1, 2020
Amount: $500

Synopsis of Award:
The Association for the Sociology of Religion invites submissions for the Robert J McNamara student paper
award. This recognizes a paper on the sociology of religion conducted by a currently enrolled graduate student.
Papers may be unpublished, accepted for publication, or already published as an article. Applicants must be
members of the association who have not yet defended their doctoral dissertation. Co-authored submissions are

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[External] Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards, NSF (deadline: 2/28/2019)

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Synopsis of Program: As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, the Sociology Program provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge. The Sociology Program funds doctoral dissertation research to defray direct costs associated with conducting research, for example, dataset acquisition, additional statistical or methodological training, meeting with scholars associated with original datasets, and fieldwork away from the student’s home campus. Projects are evaluated using the two Foundation-wide criteria, intellectual merit and broader impacts. In assessing the intellectual merit of proposed research, four components are key to securing support from the Sociology Program: (1) the issues investigated must be theoretically grounded; (2) the research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation or illustration; (3) the research design must be appropriate to the questions asked; and (4) the proposed research must advance understanding of social processes, structures and methods.

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[External] American Sociological Association- Minority Fellowship Program (deadline: 1/31/2020)

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Amount: up to $18,000

Synopsis of Program: Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. Funded by generous annual contributions from the Sociologists for Women in Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, the Association for Black Sociologists, the Southwestern Sociological Association, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Eastern Sociological Society, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the Southern Sociological Society, as well as membership donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research that is relevant to todays global society. For 46 years, the MFP has supported more than 500 Fellows in pursuit of a doctoral degree in sociology. Areas of interest for former Fellows include social psychology, gender and sexuality, education, medicine and health, inequalities and stratification, race and ethnicity, and more. All of these areas of research and expertise are not just important for the growth of the discipline, but also to address important issues facing society. Sociologists have much to contribute to these research agendas, and many former Fellows have published or presented their work at leading conferences in their specialty area. In addition to providing financial support, MFP works with its Fellows and their faculty mentors to help prepare the Fellow for a research career. Also, MFP plans workshops and paper sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting, offers travel support to scientific conferences, and fosters the development of formal and informal networks for Fellows.

Eligibility: Designed for minority students sufficiently advanced in their Ph.D. program to demonstrate their commitment to a research career. Fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S., have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, or be eligible under DACA.

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