American Sociological Association

ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant


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By fizkes
July 21, 2020

The American Sociological Association has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to manage the Sociology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant Program for the next four years. The ASA DDRIG program will support theoretically grounded empirical investigations to advance understanding of fundamental social processes. Up to 25 awards of a maximum of $16,000 will be given each year.

Topics can include, but will not be limited to, organizations and organizational behavior, health and medicine, crime and deviance, inequality and stratification, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender, race, ethnicity, and the sociology of science and technology. Projects that explore new methodologies, including but not limited to computational sociology, big data, large scale modeling, and innovative use of emerging technologies, will also be welcomed.

Grant funds can be used for costs directly associated with conducting research, such as dataset acquisition, statistical or methodological training, equipment, payments to research subjects or research assistants, data transcription, and costs associated with conducting archival research or field work. Living expenses, including dependent care, are also allowed, as are travel expenses to attend professional meetings, including the ASA Annual Meeting.

Applicants should be enrolled in a PhD-granting institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States. ASA DDRIG applications must be submitted by a team composed of the doctoral student and a research advisor. If successful, grant funds will be distributed through the student’s home institution.

The deadline for the first round of applications for the ASA DDRIG grant is November 1, 2020. The application link will be available on September 1, 2020.

Requirements and application components

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