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. 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; and
- The vocational grid for determining disability insurance.
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.
The deadline for the 2019 Dissertation Fellowship Program was January 31, 2019. Download the proposal guidelines and the dissertation committee chair form to prepare for next year’s award. Review sample proposals that received awards: Sample 1, Sample 2.
Please contact Marina Tsiknis with any questions about the Dissertation Fellowship Program at 617-552-1092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are they now?
See what our previous awardees have done since receiving their grants.