Who can apply for the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship?

Eligible applicants must be PhD candidates enrolled at a member institution of the SSRC’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences (see list here). Applicants must have completed all requirements and examinations for the PhD other than the dissertation by the time of application.

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 11, 2022. Notification of award status will occur in March 2022. Fellowships will provide support for research beginning as early as July 2022.

What does an application consist of?

A completed application consists of an application form, a project proposal (maximum of 3 pages) with additional one-page bibliography, and a CV.

What should the research proposal address?

The project proposal must address the following questions:

  • What 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 proposal, applicants must address the following question on the application form:

  • Intervention: Applicants to the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship must propose projects that evaluate the efficacy of an intervention to reduce some form of inequality around the globe, including interventions by public, nonprofit, and private organizations. Your application should clearly identify the intervention central to your project and describe how you will explore its impact on inequality. 
How long can my research proposal be? Does it need to be formatted specifically?

The proposal may be up to 3 pages (single-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 three pages.

Can I submit photographs or charts with my application?

Yes, but any non-textual material must be included within the three-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 cuf@ssrc.org. 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.

Fellowship Awards

What is the expected length of time of the proposed research?

Fellowships cover 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 2022 and December 2023.

When can I begin my Lindblom Memorial Fellowship if I am selected for funding?

Fellowships may begin in July 2022. All 2022 fellows must commence the fellowship by January 2023.

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 PhD candidates. 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.

For other questions that are not answered here, please contact us at cuf@ssrc.org.