Fellowships & Scholarships

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) provides a free fellowship and scholarship bulletin for members and non-members to browse for opportunities. Announcements are posted with the newest announcements first. Please remember to contact each institution individually if you would like more information about a fellowship or scholarship listing. SSSP hopes you find this service valuable. 

University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Human Rights and Cities: Linking Local and Global The University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology centered on Human Rights and Cities: Linking Local and Global, beginning in August 2018. We welcome applicants who will advance educational and research initiatives related to human rights in urban contexts. We especially are interested in applications from scholars whose research and practice contribute to comparative understandings of urban politics and conflicts, appreciation of how global forces shape local conflicts and urban political processes, and innovations in teaching and community-based research and learning that enhance the intellectual and cultural diversity of student experiences. Particular research areas may include, for instance, urban politics and conflicts, racial and economic dynamics in urban politics and resource allocation, cultural dimensions of cities and urban struggles, globalization and urban sustainability/ resilience. Scholars with a degree in sociology, urban studies, or related disciplines that have strong sociological foundations are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have rich opportunities for multidisciplinary engagement through Pitt’s Humanities Center, World History Center, Global Studies Center, Urban Studies Program, and its multidisciplinary Human Rights Working Group. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the PhD degree, including any oral defense, by March 1, 2018. Individuals who completed all such requirements before June 1, 2016 are ineligible. For more information about the fellowship program and to apply, visit: https://www.as.pitt.edu/postdoctoral-fellowship-program. To be considered, please submit by February 16, 2018, via https://pats.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/MTI3: curriculum vitae; dissertation table of contents; two-page statement of research interests outlining the goals of the research you will undertake during the term of the fellowship; two-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy; one-to-two-page diversity statement, discussing how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence; one writing sample or excerpt of no more than 20 pages including references and appendices; one proposed syllabus for a 15-week course directed towards advanced undergraduate or graduate students; and email contacts for three recommenders. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. In either case, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions for uploading letters to our system by February 23, 2018. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Marquette University Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program

Marquette University invites applications for the Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program. Mitchem Fellowships seek to help increase the presence of currently underrepresented racial and cultural groups in the U.S. professoriate by supporting advanced doctoral candidates during completion of the dissertation. The fellowships provide one year of support for doctoral candidates who are well into the writing stage of their dissertation work, and are currently enrolled in U.S. universities. In addition to library, office and clerical support privileges, Mitchem Fellows receive a $36,520 stipend plus fringe benefits, research and travel monies for the 2018-19 academic year.

Duties and Responsibilities: Fellows are to be in residence at Marquette University for the academic year, August 13, 2018 to May 19, 2019, during which they teach one (1) course in their area of specialization, interact with faculty and undergraduate students, give a public presentation, and devote their primary energies to the completion of their dissertations. During their residence, Mitchem Fellows will participate in a formal mentoring program, each fellow collaborating with a senior faculty mentor who is appointed by the Dean in her or her discipline.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Masters Degree preferred or substantial progress toward the terminal degree. Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Persons are eligible to apply who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time or in any field, have completed all other requirements for the Ph.D. and are at the writing stage of their dissertation work. The Mitchem Fellowship Program is especially interested in receiving applications from individuals whose research focuses on African American, Latinx, First Nations/Native American Studies, or Race and Ethnic Studies.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowships are invited from the following academic areas: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Educational Policy and Leadership, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, Philosophy, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, or Theology.

It is the policy of Marquette University to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable federal or state-protected classification.

National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowships in Social and Behavioral Sciences

The National Institute of Justice’s recent Graduate Research Fellowships in Social and Behavioral Sciences. NIJ has made four new awards in 2017 under the GRF Social and Behavioral Science fellows, totaling $127,749 for graduate students working towards advancing NIJ’s mission. The fellowship awards provide support for 12 months to accredited universities for research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics. 

Awarded topics include: 

·       Quantifying Gang Locations: A systematic test of validity using a partial test of Messick’s Unified Perspective 

·       Officers' and Community Members' Evaluations of Police-Civilian Interactions 

·       Stop Snitching or Keep Talking? Civilian Information Provision to the Baltimore Police 

·       A Post-Conviction Mentality: Prosecutorial Assistance as a Pathway to Exoneration 

See all award descriptions, awardees, and dollar amounts. 

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Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship

Society for the Study of Social Problems 
Deadline Febuary 1, 2018

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 Black/African American, Hispanic/ Latino, Asian/Asian-American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaska Native, 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.  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 2018 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

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 2018 and January 2019.  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.

Student Application Process

It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that his or her application meets all requirements to be considered eligible for evaluation.  Complete application packets should be sent to the SSSP Administrative Office.  Application materials will be supplied to the committee for their consideration; please therefore print single-sided and use paperclips instead of staples.  Make sure your application is complete before mailing, as incomplete packets will not be reviewed.  Each packet must include the following:

  • Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship Application (complete and print the application and send it in with the rest of your application);
  • An Official Transcript with seal from the student’s Graduate Program Registrar (digital transcripts will not be accepted);
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s work and progress in program, including one from the student’s dissertation advisor. 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 2018 academic year.
  • Each letter should be placed in a sealed envelope with author’s signature over the seal. Letters not included in the packet will not be accepted. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that all letters of recommendation are signed over the flap by the authors of the letters and included in the application packet.
  • Personal statement of commitment to a career of scholar activism;
  • Fifteen or more double spaced pages of your dissertation proposal;
  • Budget Proposal

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

Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship

Society for the Study of Social Problems
Deadline April 1, 2018 

History and Overview: The 2018 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an advanced sociology Ph.D. student who began her or his study in a community college or technical school. A student advanced to candidacy (ABD status) in an accredited Ph.D. program in sociology in the U.S. is eligible to apply if she or he studied at a U.S. two-year college either part-time or full-time for the equivalent of at least one full academic year that was not part of a high-school dual-enrollment or enrichment program.

The Scholarship carries a stipend of $15,000 from Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) with assistance from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) to be used to support the pursuit of a Ph.D., as well as one-year memberships in SWS (including a subscription to Gender & Society) and SSSP. The first award payment of $7,500 will be given at the SWS Summer banquet, with the second $7,500 payment to come at the SWS Winter meeting. Recognizing Beth Hess’s significant contributions to the American Sociological Association (ASA), ASA joins SWS and SSSP in supporting and celebrating the awardee at their Annual Meeting. The awardee’s economy class airfare, train fare or driving mileage/tolls will be paid jointly by SWS and SSSP. ASA also supports applicants for this award via their student travel award program (more than one such award may be given, but students must apply to ASA separately). Each association will also waive its meeting registration and provide complementary banquet and/or reception tickets for the awardee.

To honor Beth Hess’s career, the committee will be looking for:

  • Commitment to teaching, especially at a community college or other institution serving less-privileged students.
  • Research and/or activism in social inequality, social justice, or social problems, with a focus on gender and/or gerontology being especially positive
  • Service to the academic and/or local community, including mentoring
  • High quality research and writing in the proposal and letter of application.

The Application: Applications for the award should be sent electronically as a single Word or RTF file via e-mail attachment to: Sarah Bruch ( ). 

Applications must contain in the following order:

  1. A cover sheet with:

    • Name and full contact information, including phone and email
    • Current academic affiliation, with years attended and expected degree date
    • Community college or technical school attended, with years and number of credits completed
    • Name and contact information for graduate faculty reference
    • If included, name of honored faculty member
  2. A letter of application (no more than 2 pages) describing the student's decision to study sociology, commitment to teaching, career goals, research agenda, dissertation project, service and activism that would help the committee to see how the Scholarship would be a fitting honor. Approximately one page should be devoted to a dissertation summary statement including progress to date.
  3. Full curriculum vitae, including all schools, degrees awarded, years of study, and full or part-time status in each.
  4. (Optional) A one-page letter describing a community/technical college faculty member who contributed in a significant way to the decision to study sociology or pursue higher education.

Applicants should also arrange for the following to be sent directly either electronically via e-mail attachment or in hard copy:

  1. A letter confirming advancement to candidacy (ABD status) in a sociology Ph.D. program and aid award, if any. ABD status is required.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a sociologist.
  3. Transcript (official or unofficial) from the community or technical college attended.

Only the enrollment confirmation, letter of recommendation, and transcript will be accepted in hard copy. Electronic copies of these materials are preferred and should be sent directly by the individual or institution supplying them. Hard copies can be mailed directly to:

Dr. Sarah Bruch
Department of Sociology
130 Seashore Hall West
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

To be considered, all application materials (electronic and hard copy) must be RECEIVED by April 1, 2018.

For further information contact Sarah Bruch (   ).