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Dissertation Research Grant Application

Thank you for your interest in IRRPP's Dissertation Research Grant! The 2023 application period is closed as of October 31, 2023.

This funding program is for UIC doctoral students who are ABD and conducting their dissertation research centered on race/ethnicity and policy. Applicants can request up to $2,000 to complete their doctoral research. Applications are accepted until all award funds are given out. Our review begins October 15th.
If you have questions, please reach out to IRRPP Associate Director Deana Lewis,

This award is not disbursed in a lump sum. The funds are reimbursements from your department which means awardees will need to keep and submit receipts to the department business manager. Please check in with your advisor and the department business manager before applying for this award.

The application consists of the following:

  • the application form below;
  • a 2-3, single-spaced research project description;
  • an itemized budget with a short budget narrative;
  • a brief letter of support from your advisor emailed to

The research project description should include:

  • the research question/s, which need to include the importance, relevance, and centrality of race/ethnicity for the research project;
  • the methodology;
  • the relevance of the research project to IRRPP’s mission to promote engaged research on racial and ethnic justice, including increasing society’s understanding of the causes of racial and ethnic inequality; and providing the public, organizers, practitioners, and policymakers with research- based policy solutions. IRRPP defines policy-relevant projects broadly as those that can be used to inform and influence the various stages of the policy process including public debates on policy issues, policy-related political mobilizations, policy formation and implementation processes, and policy evaluations.
  • a project timeline with at least the month and year for each step on the timeline.

Please note: Once you click submit, you should receive an emailed copy of your application within 5-10 minutes. If you don't receive the email within 5-10 minutes, the application did not go through, and you will need to resubmit it.

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    Your application will not be considered complete without your advisor's recommendation letter. The email subject line should read [Your last name, DRG Letter of Recommendation].