International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)


The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to 12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the U.S., and conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $22,000. The fellowship includes participation in a Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.



Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • Any student enrolled in PhD programs in the U.S. may apply, regardless of citizenship.
  • Invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the U.S.
  • The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD.

How to Apply

Apply on the SSRC website.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart