Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply for the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship?
Eligible candidates must be PhD candidates in economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, and/or history, enrolled at a member institution of the SSRC’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences (see list here), and must be within one year of completion of the PhD, regardless of citizenship or nationality.

Do I need to be enrolled as a full-time student in order to be eligible for the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship?
Applicants are expected to be affiliated with a university and progressing toward a PhD and in good standing. They do not need to be paying semester fees.

Application Process

What is the application and program timeline?
Applications are due, through the application portal, at 11:59 p.m., EST on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Notification of award status will occur in March 2021. Fellowships will provide support for research beginning as early as July 2021.

What does an application consist of?
A completed application consists of an application form, a five-page research proposal with additional one-page bibliography, a letter of reference from the applicant’s advisor, and a letter from a department chair or director of graduate studies confirming that you are within one-year of receiving the PhD.

What should the research proposal address?
The proposal must address the following questions:

  • What research question(s) will the proposed research address? How does your proposed research align with the goals of the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship as described in the request for proposals?
  • What existing work, within your discipline or others, will your research engage?
  • What evidence will you gather through the proposed research? How will you conduct this research? What methods will you use to collect this material? What approaches will you use to analyze it?
  • If your research requires specific data collection or analysis skills, briefly describe your competence in these skills, and how you acquired them.

In addition to the research proposal, applicants must address the following issues on the application form:

  • Anticipatory Social Research: Applications to the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship must show how their project engages with “anticipatory social research,” an approach that directs research toward identifying, contextualizing, and framing emergent social phenomena. Anticipatory social research is an orientation toward theory and data that social scientists can use to produce knowledge on complex social realities and issues as they unfold.
  • Research Dissemination: Applicants to the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship must disseminate their work through the publication of an article or a presentation to a relevant scholarly community within one year of the award. Who are the primary audiences for your research? What is your dissemination strategy?

How long can my research proposal be? Does it need to be formatted specifically?
The research proposal should be no more than 5 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, 1” margins), not including a focused bibliography that can be up to 1 additional page. In the event that a longer document is uploaded, selection committee members will only review the first five pages.

Can I submit photographs or charts with my application?
Yes, but any non-textual material must be included within the five-page limit.

Should I include a budget in the proposal?
No. Do not include a budget in your proposal.

May I submit my application by fax or email?
No. Applications sent by fax or email will not be accepted. Applicants must use the SSRC’s Online Application Portal to supply the necessary information.

Can I have a staff member review a draft of my proposal before submission?
No. For suggestions on proposal writing, we encourage you to consult The Art of Writing Proposals.

How can I find out whether the program has received my application?
An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent automatically via email upon successful submission of the application. If you do not receive an automatic email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact Please specify “Lindblom Memorial Fellowship” in the subject line.

If I submit my application before the deadline, can I change it?
No. No alterations will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

What is the selection procedure?
An interdisciplinary committee will select successful applications through a peer review process. This selection committee will consist of experts from a range of social science and allied disciplines with a focus on anticipatory social research.. Results of the competition will be announced in March 2021.

Fellowship Awards

What is the expected length of time of the proposed research?
Fellowships provide support for six to twelve months of dissertation support. The Lindblom Memorial Fellowship must take place in a single continuous period of 6-12 months within the eighteen months between July 2021 and December 2022.

When can I begin my Lindblom Memorial Fellowship if I am selected for funding?
Fellowships may begin in July 2021. All 2021 fellows must commence the fellowship by January 2022.

What is the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship amount?
The award amount is $7,500.

What may fellowship funds be used for?
The Lindblom Memorial Fellowship offers an award of $7,500 to support late stage PhD candidates as they complete their degrees. Funds may be used to address a range of needs such as coverage of direct expenses related to the completion of the dissertation, i.e., research equipment and supplies, research assistance, transcription, and costs for access to publications, archives or proprietary databases. Funds may also be used to subsidize living expenses that would allow for more time to devote to completion of the dissertation.

Do the fellowship awards go directly to the fellows or are they channeled through a university?
This is left to the discretion of the applicant and their home institution and should be based on which option is most favorable given how the applicant would like to utilize the funds. In all cases, the formal grantee will be the individual fellow, and not their home institution. We can issue grant payments through an institution once the institution agrees that a) it will administer the award on the fellow’s behalf and will NOT deduct any overhead expenses or indirect costs (IDC) and b) it will handle all taxability issues and reporting associated with the grant.

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