Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Fellowships to USA Doctoral Students for Research
and Policy Initiatives to Enhance Child Development

GrantWatch ID#: 175539
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago



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Fellowships of $30,000 per year to USA doctoral students to complete their dissertations using research that will enhance child development and prevent all forms of child maltreatment. A webinar will take place on October 4th, 2016. Funding is intended to promote child well-being using multidisciplinary practice and policy initiatives.

Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including, but not limited to, social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology.

Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.

Up to 15

$30,000 per year

Fellowships will last up to two years.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. doctoral program and have substantially completed the coursework required to be advanced to candidacy. They are expected to complete or make significant progress on their dissertation within the two-year fellowship period.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. Most applicants will not have formally submitted their dissertation proposal until after the fellowship period begins. If an applicant is conducting research in another country, they are still eligible for the fellowship but the policy focus and implications of that work must be directed to U.S. issues. Applicants may be enrolled in any discipline. Their dissertation must be applicable to practice and policy challenges facing the fields of healthy child development and child abuse prevention. Examples include research that will inform the development of program strategies that can attract and retain the most vulnerable families, efforts to apply emerging knowledge in addressing other social problems related to the issue of child abuse prevention, or blending multiple policy streams and approaches with an eye toward defining and testing systems or normative change.

The fellowship is designed to support doctoral students who are primarily working directly on their dissertation with plans to complete their dissertation in the two-year fellowship period. Students do not need to have completed the dissertation proposal process to be eligible; in fact, most defend their proposal during the fellowship period. Students who are well advanced in their dissertation process and anticipate finishing in less than two years will still be considered. However, if the dissertation is completed in one year, the second year of funding is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the Fellowship staff.

Please note: The fellowships will not support research utilizing animals.

An application webinar will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 2016, from 12:00-1:00 PM CST. The webinar content will focus on the purpose of the fellowship, eligibility, dissertation topics, performance expectations, mentor roles and expectations, and application and selection process. There will be ample time for questions.

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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
1313 E. 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

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