The deadline for applications for the 2019 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship is February 1, 2019.  Please see below for information on fellowship purpose, criteria, and past winners.

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship. Members of the Society should urge qualified applicants to apply for this award.  Online applications must be finalized no later than midnight (EST) on February 1, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of the results by July 15, 2019. All applicants must be current SSSP members when applying.

FELLOWSHIP PURPOSE

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), in keeping with its philosophy of active engagement with social problems, participation in social problem solutions, and advancement of knowledge through study, service and critical analysis, established the Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship at its annual meeting in August 1993.  At the 2017 Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors voted to change the scholarship to a fellowship.  The purpose of the fellowship is:

  • To identify and support developing minority scholars who exemplify and give fresh voice to the SSSP history and commitment to scholar activism
  • To give renewed energy and wider lenses to diversity in scholarship
  • To increase the pool of minority social and behavioral scientists
  • To establish a formal commitment to diversity through support of two minority doctoral students in the social and/or behavioral sciences inclusive of course work or dissertation research support who demonstrates a commitment, through his or her scholarly examination, of any aspect of inequality, injustice and oppression
SELECTION CRITERIA 
  • A person identified as either American Indian or Alaska Native, Arab/Middle Eastern/North African, Asian/Asian-American, Black/African American, Hispanic/ Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from one of the aforementioned groups, accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the social and/or behavioral sciences so as to expand their perspectives in the pursuit and investigations into social problems
  • Submission of a dissertation proposal of 15 or more double spaced pages is required. The student’s dissertation advisor’s letter should note that s/he expects the student to have defended the dissertation proposal and have achieved advanced status in the doctoral program (completed course work, examinations, and approval of their dissertation prospectus) by the end of the Spring 2019 academic year.
  • A grade point average or equivalent of at least 3.25 in one’s current graduate program [of study]
  • Evidence, through scholarly work and/or commitment to a career of scholar activism as demonstrated by: course work and research, activism in school and/or community, and career plans
  • Statement of financial need as expressed by the applicant and Graduate Program Director or Advisor
  • With the exception of DACA students, who are also eligible, applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
PAST WINNERS

Click here to view a list of past winners.

FUNDING

A $15,000 fellowship will be funded to two students with an additional $500 awarded for attendance at the annual meeting.  Payments will be made in equal installments in September 2019 and January 2020.  SSSP believes that the support of students will foster the commitment required to enable the student to fund living arrangements as well as academic or research costs.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF RECIPIENT
  • Attend the annual meeting to receive the award.  A $500 stipend will be available to the winner for this purpose.
  • Submit a brief final report (three pages maximum) on the work sponsored through the award, at the end of the award year.
  • Following year, present work (described above) at an appropriate division session.  A $500 stipend will be available to the winner for this purpose.
  • Serve on the Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship Committee after completing graduate school, and attend the scheduled meeting of the committee.
STUDENT APPLICATION PROCESS

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that his or her application meets all requirements to be considered eligible for evaluation.  Incomplete online applications will not be reviewed.  Each application must include the following:

  1. Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship Application
  2. Official Academic Transcript from Doctoral Program
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  4. Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s work and progress in the program, including one from the student’s dissertation advisor, are required.  The letter from the advisor should address the financial need of the applicant and should also note that the student will have defended the dissertation proposal and have achieved advanced status in the doctoral program (completed course work, examinations, and approval of their dissertation prospectus) by the end of the Spring 2019 academic year.
  5. Personal statement of commitment to a career of scholar activism
  6. Fifteen or more double spaced pages of the dissertation proposal

Applications are now being accepted.  Click on the following link to begin the application process and click on the following link to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact DrSaher Selod, Chair, Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship Committee with questions concerning the fellowship: 

Contact IT Specialist Rachel Cogburn with technical questions concerning the online application system: