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The National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF DDRIG) is a type of funding offered by many programs within the National Science Foundation. These awards are designed to extend the reach of dissertation research, allowing graduate students to obtain better training and make a greater contribution to their fields. Details of this grant competition will vary depending on which NSF program you apply through. Learn more here.

Is NSF DDRIG the Right Fit for You?


What are they looking for?

The NSF DDRIG is designed to improve the conduct of dissertation research in many STEM fields (including many social sciences) in order to enhance doctoral training and advance knowledge.

What does this fellowship include?

While exact amounts and allowable expenses vary from program to program, the DDRIG provides several thousand dollars to support the conduct of research, such as travel for field work and experimental equipment.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. in a STEM field at a university in the USA (international students are eligible). Additional requirements vary by DDRIG program.


When should I apply?

Plan to apply at least six months in advance of when you will need these funds, should you win. Many students apply just they begin their dissertation research, or when they have already begun their research and need support for an further work.

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GradFund Resources for your NSF DDRIG Application

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Step-By-Step Tutorial

The GradFund NSF DDRIG will take you step-by-step through the process of writing your application. From getting to know the NSF to completing the last piece of the application, this guide will help get you there.

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Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying to the NSF DDRIG.  We also offer an online chat service called ‘Ask a Fellowship Advisor,’ where you can ask quick questions about our services, your scheduled meetings, or application procedures.

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NSF DDRIG Proposal Writing Tutorial

We have developed the NSF DDRIG tutorial to assist you in the development of a NSF DDRIG application. Our tutorial is designed to teach you best practices in proposal development, to understand how to navigate the NSF DDRIG application process, and to help you with the task of writing a competitive application.

Proposal Writing 101

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NSF DDRIG Proposal Writing Workbook

Once you’ve watched Proposal Writing 101, dive into our extended NSF DDRIG Proposal Writing Workbook. The workbook will take you step-by-step through the development of a NSF DDRIG application.

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