Fellowships & Grants


Sociology Department Small Grants—Research and Conference Travel

The Department of Sociology has two competitions per year for small grants to support graduate student expenses for research or conference travel. We offer a limited number of grants for amounts up to about $600.

Research grants – These awards are intended to assist graduate students in covering the costs incurred in conducting their research. Budgeted items may include costs such as transcription, software not available in the department computer lab, payment to research subjects, printing costs for surveys, travel to research sites, special training seminars, etc. These grants do NOT fund equipment purchases.

Conference travel grants – These awards are intended to assist in covering the costs incurred in traveling to a professional conference to present your research. Grants may be used to cover expenses for conference registration, transportation, lodging, and per diem food costs. You are eligible for a travel grant for presenting your research in a regular paper, roundtable, or poster session although priority will be given to regular paper presentations.

  • Requirements: Completed application, description of research/conference, budget justification
  • Deadlines:
    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 
    • Friday, January 31, 2020


Center for Cultural Analysis Fellowship

The Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA) offers annual fellowships to students who have completed their coursework and may be in the process of writing their dissertations. The fellows will participate in a seminar and attend all public functions of the CCA.

  • Requirements: Letter of application (2-3 single-spaced pages), information form, a brief project abstract (250-400 words), CV, two letters of recommendation
  • Department Deadline: November 28, 2018


Off-Campus Dissertation Development Awards

Intended for SGS students at the early stages of their doctoral research who would materially benefit from field-specific research opportunities. Designed to connect students with the GradFund office. More information is available on the SGS website.

  • Requirements: Completed application form, CV, unofficial transcripts, 2-page (single-spaced 11-point font) proposal that describes the project, off campus activity, stage of study, and use of funding and responds to the evaluation criteria, and a project bibliography (1 page). Submit all materials through the SGS Portal.
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019

Bevier Fellowship

Dissertation fellowship for students who have completed both qualifying papers and defended their dissertation proposal.

  • Requirements: Completed application form, CV, unofficial transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation (one letter must be from your dissertation advisor/chair and the other should be from a member of your dissertation committee), 5-page (double-spaced 11-point font) proposal describing your dissertation project, 1-page completion timeline, 2-page project bibliography. Submit all materials through the SGS Portal.
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis

The Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA) provides Fellowships for graduate students and faculty. Graduate fellows will participate in ongoing meetings and events at the Center and will have access to all of its services. They are also expected to attend weekly seminars and occasional lectures and/or conferences.

  • Requirements: Application, 3 page description of project, CV, and contact information for 3 references (for student applicants).
  • Deadline: April 8, 2019 (Submit applications directly to RCHA.)


Professional Development Fund

This award is for teaching and graduate assistants to help fund activities associated with academic progress. This may include summer support, research, and travel to conferences.

  • Requirements: Completed application form. CV may be included, but the entire application cannot exceed four pages.
  • Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00AM

All application materials must be sent to Carissa Meador (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the Graduate Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for consideration unless otherwise noted.