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Graduate Programs, Scholarship and Dissertation Fellowships


SSRC Social Science Research Council
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States.

SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Proposal
Helps grad students in humanities a social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation proposals – organized around 2 workshops (5 fields selected annually)

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
For grad students in the humanities and related social sciences in their last year of dissertation writing.

NSF -Graduate Research Fellowship

NSF International Research Experiences for Students NSF Wide Programs
The United States needs to educate a globally-engaged science and engineering workforce capable of performing in an international research environment in order to remain at the forefront of world science and technology. To support this aim, the Developing Global Scientists and Engineers program provides highest quality international research experiences for U.S. students. Whereas the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) component of the program supports groups of U.S. undergraduate or graduate students conducting research abroad in collaboration with foreign investigators, the Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP) component supports the dissertation research abroad of one doctoral student in collaboration with a foreign investigator.

UN-Habitat Micro-Grant Research Fund on Sustainable Urbanization
The Micro-Grant Research Fund is a new initiative launched by the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Dr. Anna Tibaijuka on 11 May 2010. The Fund promotes innovative research in the area of sustainable urban and regional development leading to the publication of working papers, as part of UN-HABITAT’s Micro Research on Sustainable Urbanisation series. The Fund supports researchers and practitioners to conduct research on sustainable urbanization. It particularly encourages young researchers and those from the developing countries to pursue their research on topics related to sustainable urbanization and human settlements, which include housing and land, economic development and finance, urban planning and management, environmental issues, infrastructure, social development, information and monitoring, disaster and risk management.

Environment Research and Education Foundation
The EREF is the only private, grant making institution with a national and international scope whose sole mission is to support solid waste research and education initiatives. Our research grants program is led by our Research Council, a body of volunteers consisting of technical experts in industry, academia and consulting. The work of the Council is guided by a long range strategic plan with the goal to achieve greater sustainability, good environmental stewardship, higher process efficiency and increased knowledge. Council recommended projects are then reviewed by our Board’s Projects Committee for a final review and funding allocation. Non-research oriented projects are reviewed and recommended to the Projects Committee by technical staff.

The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship
The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during first year of graduate studies. Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft.

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (RFF)
In honor of the late Joseph L. Fisher, president of Resources for the Future (RFF) from 1959–1974, RFF will award fellowships for the coming academic year in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program provides support for young scholars to complete their dissertation and, later, to advance their research after being awarded the Ph.D. This program awards fellowships in two categories: Dissertation Completion Fellowships and Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowships. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
This year the program will award approximately 20 dissertation fellowships. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students

NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

AAUW International Fellowship (for Women)
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Fellowships support graduate or postgraduate studies at accredited institutions. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. The overwhelming majority return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, the arts, and science.

SSRC Grants for Collaborative Research on Environment and Health in China
The collaborative grants program was started in 2008 to stimulate new research on environment and health in China that is directly linked to policy and practice, to encourage collaboration a/cross disciplines, and to help develop a network of scholars working in this field

Scholarships & Grants for international students

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral & Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities (US Citizens)
Pre-doctoral fellowships of up to $20,000 available for each of the three years of fellowship tenure for minority students who are at or near the beginning of their doctoral study and are citizens or nationals of the U.S.

Dissertation fellowships of $21,000 for minority degree candidates engaged in the writing of an approved dissertation/topic. Applicants must aspire to a teaching and research career and be enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, a research-based PhD program.

American Institute for Economic Research
Graduating college seniors who plan to enter a doctoral program in economics or an affiliated field (such as law and economics)
Graduate students who have been enrolled in such a program for no more than two years.

Economics for Equity and Environment Dissertation Fellowship
E3 Network awards graduate dissertation fellowships to support doctoral research that develops and applies innovative economic arguments for active protection of human health and the environment. The research should demonstrate an explicit focus on social equity and reflect E3’s guiding principles. Priority will be given to research that helps advance environmental protection in the US or US participation in solutions to global environmental problems.

International Scholarships
Lists links to various scholarshps, post-doc announcements, and financial aid programs for various countries and universities around the world.


NASA: Indiana University researchers get NASA grant to study climate change in Bangladesh

NSF PIRE Grant: An Agent-based Model of the Western Chitwan Valley, Nepal

MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions: Resources Himalaya Foundation

NSF PIRE: Partnership for International Research and Education: Nepal and China

IDRC project: Conservation through Valuation : the Himalaya Mountain Forests Ecosystem Services

IDRC: Hindu-Kush-Himalayan University Consortia : Research Capacity Building for Afghanistan

IDRC: Conservation of Medicinal Plants for Sustainable Livelihoods in Nepal

IDRC: Institutional Support to South Asian Policy Research Organizations

IDRC: South Asia Grant Recipients

IDRC in Bhutan: Resarch in community-based natural resource management

NSF: Sedimentary Records Link Himalayan Erosion Rates and Monsoon Intensity Through Time


Interested students are encouraged to look into the following graduate programs at the University of New Mexico:

Political Science

Each department has its own strength and focus, and you are encouraged to visit the site to learn more about their programs. But, the Nepal Study Center's research activities can play a complementary role to enrich the research goal especially in the area of interdisciplinary research and empirical modeling and data analysis.

Graduate assistantships are competitive and you must have 1) good GRE scores, 2) good TOEFL scores, 3) a coherent and innovative research plan, and 4) good reference letters.

Some international students have taken advantage of the university's Amigo Scholarship.

During your graduate studies you should look for research fundings to support your thesis and/or dissertation work. The list of potential sources is given above.

Disclaimer: each department has its own admissions policy and standard guidelines. Fellowships are extremely competitive and limited, and these are just some suggestive venues without any guarantees.

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