The Social Sciences Research Institute awards Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DRIG) of up to $5,000 support or partially support dissertation research projects proposed by graduate students in the School of Social Sciences who have completed their coursework and who have advanced to candidacy or will advance to candidacy by the time the DRIG awards are made. All subject areas and methodologies within the School will be considered equally.
Proposals will be evaluated by the School’s Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), chaired by the Dean of Social Sciences and a six-member panel of faculty, one from each department (Sport Management excepted).
Awards have a duration of 12 months, beginning 1 July and expiring on 30 June of the following year. Pre-award costs may be incurred for expenditures up to 90 days prior to the award start date with approval from Chris (email@example.com); however, no-cost extensions will not be granted, and any remaining funds will be reclaimed by the SSRI.
Spring: Sunday, March 29, 2020
Estimated Number of Awards: 5
Anticipated Funding Amount per Award: $5,000
1. Student must be a currently registered Rice University graduate student in a Social Sciences discipline
2. Student must have completed their graduate coursework and advanced to candidacy or will advance to candidacy by the time the award is made (July 1).
3. Thesis/dissertation committee must have approved both a topic for the research and a particular approach to that topic.
Submit the completed online DRIG application by the deadline (the online DRIG application may be found at the bottom of this page). Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
Prepare all materials using a minimum of 11 point Arial or Times New Roman font, with one inch margins all around. Upload as a PDF. Be sure to include the following:
Awardees are required to submit two pieces of information:
1. Those who receive a DRIG are required to submit a 1-2 page research report within 60 days of the expiration of the award, and any remaining funds will be returned to the SSRI at that time. There is no specific report format that must be followed, but reports typically include information such as a summary of the research performed and the findings, whether and how your anticipated findings differed from the actual findings, and whether and how the project evolved over time. At this time, the SSRI does not require a specific accounting of how the funds were spent, but your report could also discuss how funds were generally spent and why actual expenditures differed from your proposed budget.
2. If additional support for your dissertation project is received, please notify Chris as soon as possible.