The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement or 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 or disability issues.  Individuals from historically underserved or underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Research focal areas include:

  • Disparities by race and ethnicity;
  • Decline in SSDI and SSI applications;
  • Improving communication and outreach;
  • Economic security of SSA beneficiaries;
  • Improving service delivery;
  • Return-to-work; and
  • Informing Trust Fund projections.

 

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.

Submission

The deadline for the 2022 Dissertation Fellowship Program was January 31, 2022.

Download the proposal guidelines to prepare for next year.  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

2022 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2021 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2020 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

2019 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

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.