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International Migration, Dissertation Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council


The International Migration Program seeks to foster innovative research that will advance theoretical understandings of voluntary and forced international migration to the United States, the process of settlement, and outcomes for immigrants, refugees, and native-born Americans. The goal of the International Migration Program is to foster innovative research that will advance theoretical understandings of the origins of immigrants and refugee flows to the United States, the processes of migration and settlement, and the outcomes for immigrants, refugees and native-born Americans. Research proposals may focus on any of the following themes and questions or on other topics:

1) International migration: causes, processes, and types.
2) Economic contexts, processes, and transformations.
3) Socio-cultural contexts, processes, and transformations.
4) Political contexts, processes, and transformations.

Regardless of topic, applicants must make explicit in their proposals the theoretical contributions that their research can make in interpreting U.S. immigration. Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop the theoretical aspects of their research by adopting comparative international and/or historical perspectives that can explain differences and similarities between groups, areas, and/or time periods. Applicants are also encouraged to adopt cross-disciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches to research and analysis.

The research proposed should result in publication. The funded research project should begin within four months of the award. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or international scholars who are affiliated with a U.S. academic or research institution during the time of the award.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or international students who are matriculated in social science doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must have their proposals approved by their dissertation committees and must have completed all course work and exams before June 1, 2002.

The program especially encourages applications from members of minority racial, ethnic, and national groups, and women.


Approximately eight one-year dissertation fellowships will be awarded in 2002 to support full-time doctoral dissertation research. The award will be a stipend of $15,000 and up to $3,000 in research expenses.


January 11, 2002 - applications must arrive at the SSRC by 4:30 pm on this date in order to be eligible.

Application and for more information

Application materials:
* Application form - submit the original
* Academic transcripts - one official copy of an academic transcript should be requested from each undergraduate institution and graduate school attended
* Three reference forms
* Acknowledgment card

*Do not submit unrequested materials.


Students are encouraged to contact the program directly at the address and number below for further information.

Dissertation Fellowships International Migration Program Social Science Research Program
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10049

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