Dissertation Scholars Program Application - Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Dissertation Scholars Program.

  1. Do you allow for overhead costs?
    This grant does not support overhead costs.

  2. Do you allow for indirect costs?
    Please email us to discuss the specifics of the expenses.

  3. When will the grant be disbursed?
    The goal is to have funds disbursed by March.

  4. When does the money have to be spent by?
    The Bobst Center does not require the money to be spent by a certain date, but it should be spent before you graduate. Please confer with your home institution as to whether they have any specifications.

  5. Can I defer acceptance?
    Unfortunately, because this program is annually run, we cannot offer deferments.

  6. How can I get the full amount of $12,000?
    The selection committee will review the proposal and budget in detail and will determine the amount of each award, not to exceed $12,000.

  7. Is a bibliography/citations section counted in the 3,500-word count of the proposal?

  8. I am graduating this upcoming May, can I still apply for this grant?
    The research funds will have to be spent before you graduate, so this may not be feasible. Please consult with your dissertation advisor.

  9. My PhD is in a field other than Political Science, but my research is related, can I still apply for this grant?
    You may still apply if your research relates explicitly to topics studied in political science.

  10. Can this grant be used to defray living expenses?
    The intention of this grant is to help directly support research efforts towards your dissertation. It does not support living expenses.

  11. How many times can I apply for this grant?
    You can only receive this grant once, but there is no limit on the number of times you may apply.

  12. How many times can I be awarded this grant?