IRiSS Dissertation Fellowship

About the Program

The program supports dissertation writers with TGR status, within the six social science departments of the School of Humanities & Sciences. Particular encouragement is provided to graduate students whose research crosses disciplinary boundaries, relies upon computational social science methods, and/or analyzes large, complex data sets.  Due to high demand, we are only able to accommodate students enrolled in departments under the School of Humanities & Sciences.

Funding and Research Support

IRiSS Dissertation Fellows receive a stipend of $5,500 per quarter for not more than two quarters. They will have access to research support services within IRiSS, and will be expected to participate in monthly fellows’ lunch conversations throughout the academic year. Shared office space may be provided to allow fellows to participate in activities at the Institute.


Applicants must have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy, have TGR status by Autumn Quarter of their fellowship year, and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. other than the dissertation. They must have a dissertation proposal approved by their committee. Strong preference will be given to applicants with a clear likelihood of completing the degree within their tenure as an IRiSS fellow.

Dissertation Fellows must be continuously enrolled throughout their time at IRiSS, and are required to submit a one-page report at the end of their fellowship.

2024 Application Guidelines

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are due on March 1, 2024. Appointments will be announced by early April.

Applications for a fellowship must include:

  • Name, contact information, department, and expected date of completion
  • Faculty advisor name and contact information
  • 1–2-page outline of research focus of the dissertation (in a readable 10pt font or larger)

Important note: This fellowship cannot be held concurrently with a full fellowship. Examples include the SIEPR Graduate Fellowship, the King Center Fellowship.

Please apply here: IRiSS Dissertation Fellowship

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to IRiSS program director ybarra [at] (Carolyn Ybarra).