Fellowships and Grants > Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program

Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants

Open for applications, next deadline is November 1st 2014.

SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Programs are open only to those who were Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.

 

Applicants must have been selected as Mellon Mays Fellows as undergraduates. Fellows may apply for one grant per year and must be enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the fields listed below or have filed a petition for inclusion of another field. See below for more information.

Applicable to all

• Fellows may apply for one grant per year
• Must be a Mellon fellow enrolled in a doctoral program
• We consider August 1, 2014 to be the beginning of the 2014 – 2015 academic year
• Total of $5,000 in GSE and PRD funds; DCG grant money is not applied towards this total
• Cannot be used for tuition and fees or living expenses
• Disbursed on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted
• If accepted, grants take 5-6 weeks to process

 

Graduate Studies Enhancement (GSE) Grant

• 2nd – 5th graduate years
• Fellows that have begun the 6th year of graduate study are not eligible
• Students at South African universities are eligible to apply in their 1st graduate year
• Travel, equipment, books, journal subscriptions, and software
• $1,500 annual maximum
• May be received up to 4 times

 

Pre-doctoral Research Development (PRD) Grant

• 2nd – 5th graduate years
• Fellows that have begun the 6th year of graduate study are not eligible
• Students at South African universities are eligible to apply in their 1st graduate year
• Small scale, preliminary research and other activities
• $3,000 maximum
One time grant
• Letter of support from an advisor or committee member who is familiar with your research

 

Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG)

• Travel, equipment, books, journal subscriptions, and software that support the completion of the dissertation
• Fellows must provide a feasible timeline for completion of dissertation within 12 months and be in their 7th year or beyond
• $2,500 maximum
One time grant
• Summary report six months following the award is required

Fields of Study:

Anthropology and Archaeology
Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies
Art History
Classics
Computer Science
Geography and Population Studies
Earth/Environmental/Geological Science and Ecology
English
Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Foreign Languages and Literatures
History
Linguistics
Literature
Mathematics
Oceanographic/Marine/Atmospheric/Planetary Science
Performance Studies (theoretical focus)
Philosophy and Political Theory
Physics and Astronomy
Religion and Theology
Sociology
Theater (non-performance focus)
Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Fellows who enter Ph.D. programs in a field not listed above must formally petition for recognition of the graduate program before applying for the Predoctoral Grant. For more information on petitioning for Mellon Mays benefits, please contact mellonmays@ssrc.org

 

Please use our online application portal to apply.

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