The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies. Since its inception in 1997, the IDRF program has funded more than eleven hundred projects, with research spanning the globe. The IDRF program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Note to IDRF applicants about the impact of Covid-19 on proposed research: Because IDRF research will not begin until July 2021 at the earliest, applicants do not need to incorporate alternate Covid-19 research strategies into their proposals. We will instruct reviewers to evaluate the feasibility of proposed research without reference to Covid-19.

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