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Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 11:59 PM


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Fellowships of $30,000 per year for up to two years to USA doctoral students to complete their dissertations using research that will enhance child development and prevent all forms of child maltreatment. 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, child development, education, epidemiology, medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, public policy, social work, and sociology.

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.

Funding can support tuition, living expenses, professional development opportunities, or travel to and from professional conferences. Fellows are required to attend two in-person meetings each year (the annual meeting in Chicago in September, and a mid-year meeting in late winter at another location) and may want to plan to use the stipend money to cover their travel to and from those meetings. The fellowship is intended to allow the student to be fully dedicated to pursuing an innovative and original course of research.

Fellows’ dissertations must be focused on some aspect of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment. Relevant dissertation topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Chronic poverty and its impact on parental capacity and collective efficacy
- Cost-benefit analysis and other economic analysis
- Policy analysis
- Research exploring the behavioral, neurobiological, social, and environmental mechanisms that mediate the association between exposure to abuse and neglect and their behavioral and neurobiological outcomes
- Social entrepreneurship and innovations in prevention
- Child welfare reforms
- Youth aging out of care
- Early intervention and home visiting programs
- Community violence
- Sexual exploitation
- Father involvement
- Resilience following adverse childhood events
- Disparities in health care access and use of preventive services

The fellowship provides stipends of $30,000 per year for up to 15 students per year. Although it is anticipated that each fellow will be supported for two years, the second year of support is contingent upon dissertation progress and involvement in the fellowship’s peer learning network during the initial year. These expectations include work on a collaborative project within a fellowship small group; participation in webinars and in-person meetings; and active engagement with mentors. Those who complete their dissertation in one year also will be required to submit a detailed plan outlining how they will use an additional year of support to disseminate their findings in ways that contribute to advancing child maltreatment prevention and policy or practice reform.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175539

Number of Grants:

Up to 15

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships will last up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

The formal application period will run from August 1 through December 1 each year. Applications will be reviewed from mid-December through March each year. The selection committee will arrange individual telephone interviews with finalists prior to making a decision.

Notification of the selection committee decisions will be e-mailed to applicants in April.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit all application components to

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

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