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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program HUD sends a program announcement to relevant Ph.D granting departments of accredited universities and posts the announcements on the Internet. For an application kit, contact the University Partnerships Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6091, Rockville, MD 20849-6091, or call 1-800-245-2691. The application deadline is usually in mid-January. Women and minority students are encouraged to apply.
Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Fellowships The Lincoln Institute offers three types of fellowship programs: Visiting Fellowships, Research Fellowships, and Graduate Student Fellowships. These support scholars, practitioners, and graduate students whose work contributes to our knowledge of land and tax policy and develops ideas to guide policy makers throughout the world.
NSF Law and Social Sciences Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants The Law & Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation supports social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. The Law & Social Sciences program funds the best proposals submitted within the field broadly defined, regardless of specific subfield, and strives to support an interdisciplinary community of scholars studying relevant topics.
NSF Science Technology and Society Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods. Successful proposals will be transferrable (i.e., generate results that provide insights for other scientific contexts that are suitably similar). They will produce outcomes that address pertinent problems and issues at the interface of science, technology and society, such as those having to do with practices and assumptions, ethics, values, governance, and policy.
Social Science Research Council There are a number of different fellowships and grants listed here.
FURS Research Grants within the field of urban and regional studies 
Eligibility: From 2005, only applicants whose nationality falls into the countries listed in Groups B and C of the World Bank classification will be eligible to apply. For details see ISA table.
US Environmental Protection Agency STAR grants For future reference, applications for FY2012 fellowships for graduate environmental study opened 9/14/11 and closed 11/8/11
Udall Foundation Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Ph.D. Fellowship The Udall Foundation awards two one-year fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation. Dissertation Fellowships are intended to cover both academic and living expenses.

Dates to Watch:

September: Fellowship applications available on website

February 24, 2012: Receipt deadline for complete application packet

July 1, 2012: Beginning of the fellowship year
Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) Notices for future OTREC dissertation fellowships will be sent to the USP student lists. OTREC is waiting to hear about its future funding from the US DOT.
US DOT Eisenhower Fellowships The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement
  • Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers
  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level
  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:

-Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
-Black/African Americans
-Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos
-Native American Indians
-Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
-Puerto Ricans