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Research Funding

Links to social welfare-related research funding opportunities for faculty and current students:

*NOTE*- The Sponsored Projects Office requires 5 business days to process each submission. For this reason, we ask that all proposals be completed and sent to the research administrators at least 10 business days before the deadline.

New Opportunities:

HHS Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration of Child and Family Functioning
Deadline: May 7, 2014
Amount: $275,000
RFA Number: PA-11-202

NIH Systems Science and Health in the Behavorial and Social Sciences
Deadline: June 5, 2014 at 5pm
Funding Amount: based on project needs
RFA Number: PAR-11-314


Award Databases:

Philanthropy News Digest:

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Society for Social Work and Research:


Extramural Student Funding Opportunities:

Alcohol Research Group: 
Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships for doctoral students advanced to candidacy or recent doctoral graduate

Center for African Studies Fellowships:
UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies offers a variety of fellowships for undergraudate and graduate (pre-dissertation and dissertation) students. The application deadline is Monday, February 9th, 2015.

CSWE Minority Fellowship Program:
The Mental Health & Substance Abuse Fellowship Program (MHSAFP) is designed for racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work. Applicants must hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. The application deadline is Saturday, February 28th, 2015.

Dirksen Congressional Research Grants:
Grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 1st, 2015.

Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program:
One-year stipend program that allows graduate students, both full and part-time, to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of disability determination processes.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships:
Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential. The application deadline is Monday, February 2nd, 2015.
Academic Year Fellowship
Summer Fellowship

Founder Region Fellowship for Women:
Founder Region Fellowship offers grants to women enrolled in graduate school who have advanced to candidacy and are entering into the last year of their doctoral programs. These grants-in-aid are proffered to assist women in the completion of their doctoral degrees. The application deadline is Thursday, January 15th, 2015.

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy:
These awards support doctoral students in their research and dissertation preparation phase after their proposal has been approved by their committee. The deadline for 2014 proposals is January 31, 2015, though submission by December 15 is strongly encouraged to permit us adequate time to acknowledge receipt and notify candidates if their application is not complete.

Institute of International Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant:
Funding of up to $5,000 for graduate students who have not advanced to candidacy intended to support initial fieldwork by graduate students during Summer 2015. Projects should be international and/or comparative in nature, and/or related to the study of languages, and/or involve substantial research outside of the United States. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Fellowship:
Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Consuelo W. Gosnell MSW Scholarship:
Stipend for MSW candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect Summer Research Institute:
The Institute will be an intensive experience in secondary data analysis that combines colloquia with hands-on computing time. Participants are selected on a competitive basis from a variety of disciplines including psychology, social work, and medicine. The application deadline is Saturday, January 31st, 2015.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship:
The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. General Information Flyer

Smith College Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: 
The Bertha Capen Reynolds (BCR) Fellowship Program at the Smith College School for Social Work offers a twelve-month residential fellowship for a doctoral student in the dissertation phase of a social work Ph.D. program. The applicant must have completed all of the requirements for the doctorate except for the dissertation.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program:
Assistance for early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social science in formulating doctoral dissertation research proposals through workshops and a funded summer research program.

Society of Family Planning Research Fund:
The purpose of this award is to support research by trainees and graduate-level students and assist in advancing individuals who want to pursue research oriented careers in the field of family planning. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 15th, 2015.

UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Field Research Grants:
Travel reimbursement for UC Berkeley graduate students from all disciplines

UCB Greater Good Science Center Fellowships:
One-year fellowship opportunities for UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students whose work relates to their mission of championing studies that explore the roles that social connection, kindness and community play in the happy, meaningful lives of individuals and society. The application period is Tuesday, Feb 17th through Monday, April 6th, 2015.

UC Human Rights Fellowship:
$4500 award for undergraduate, graduate or graduating students to pursue human rights work with a partner organization of their choice over the summer.

UC Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) Fellowships and Grants:
Dissertation research grant for UC graduate students advanced to candidacy for the research doctorate. The application deadline is Monday, December 1st, 2014.


Post-Doctoral Opportunities: