How to Apply
- Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level graduate students
pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs at the time of the
award (Fall semester of 2013) with an academic emphasis in topics of interest to
disability programs, including public health, social work, economics,
occupational medicine, vocational and rehabilitation counseling, public policy
and administration, sociology, psychology, education, medicine, and law.
- At the time of stipend award, selected graduate student researchers must be
citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been
lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Individuals on
temporary or student visas are not eligible for stipend award.
- Members of minority and historically disadvantaged groups are encouraged to
- Applicants may submit more than one proposal for consideration per year, but can
receive only one stipend award per year
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All application materials must be received
by 5:00 pm
(EST) on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Click on the link below to submit the following documents. Please do not initiate the online application process until these materials are
complete and ready to be submitted.
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version of the Request for Applications (RFA)
- A summary or abstract of the proposal describing research question(s), research design and expected policy or programmatic implications. One-half page maximum (12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, single-spaced).
- A research proposal (with title). Five page maximum (12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, single-spaced) excluding references, tables, and figures.
- Proof of Access to Data If secondary data is being used (data not collected by the applicant), a letter from the agency or organization clearly approving access to and use of data is required.
- IRB Approval Plan and Timeframe Projects must be reviewed by your academic institution’s IRB. Please address your plan for how and when this will be accomplished.
- A resume or curriculum vitae (12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, single-spaced)
Two (2) Letters of
should be e-mailed separately to firstname.lastname@example.org
by the individuals making recommendations.
- One (1) from the Faculty
Mentor for this project clearly stating support of your proposed research as
feasible and potentially impactful to the field, as well as a willingness to
provide you with consistent guidance throughout the program year.
- One (1) from an academic
or professional contact who can comment on the qualities that make you an
effective researcher and your potential for success with independent research.
Applications will be screened for completeness and relevance to the subject area
of this grant program. If judged incomplete, irrelevant or inadequate, the
application will not be considered further.
If judged relevant, the application will be evaluated by a panel of
scholars within your field and from other disciplines. Your application will be
evaluated based on the following
30% - The appropriateness and soundness of methodology, including research
design, choice of data, methods of analysis, and other procedures.
25% - Anticipated outcomes, policy or programmatic implications, and potential
usefulness of the proposed research for SSA’s disability determination process.
20% - Clarity of the statement of problem, specificity and relevance of research
questions, and literature review. Your review should identify strengths and
weaknesses of existing research and state how your proposed research will fill
in gaps or increase existing knowledge.
20% - Feasibility of completing project within a 1-year timeframe
(reasonableness of time commitment related to data collection, analysis, and
other procedures), including a statement of how this fits into your academic
career (ex: part of dissertation).
5% - Letters of Recommendation
are expected by May 1, 2013.