The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement and disability research.  The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration and provides funding opportunities for doctoral candidates to pursue cutting-edge research on retirement and disability issues. Research focal areas include:

  • Disability incidence in the population;
  • Labor force participation;
  • Measuring sources of retirement income and adequacy;
  • Informing SSA projections;
  • Effects of SSA communications on worker/beneficiary behavior;
  • Program interactions with the Affordable Care Act;
  • State and local government pensions; or
  • The vocational grid for determining disability insurance.

 

Fellowship Awards

Up to three $28,000 fellowships are awarded to doctoral candidates enrolled in an accredited program at a U.S. university. Grant recipients may be required to present their work to the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD.

“Virtual Office Hours” Service

The CRR offers the opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions about topics, datasets, and research design. The goal of this service is strengthen the quality of the applications and ensure that proposals closely align with the Social Security Administration’s research focal areas. Please contact CRR Economist Gal Wettstein during the month of November to take advantage of this service.

Submission

The deadline for the 2019 Dissertation Fellowship Program is January 31, 2019. Download the proposal guidelines and the dissertation committee chair form. Review sample proposals that received awards: Sample 1, Sample 2.

Contact

Please contact Marina Tsiknis with any questions about the Dissertation Fellowship Program at 617-552-1092 or tsiknis@bc.edu.

Previous Awardees

2018 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2017 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2016 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2015 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2014 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2013 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2012 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2011 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2010 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2009 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2008 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2007 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

Where are they now?

See what our previous awardees have done since receiving their grants.