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CSSH is dedicated to fostering an environment where both faculty members and students can pursue research across all of the disciplines.

Student Research. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue financial support for their research projects. There are funding sources from CSSH as well as from other university offices, such as the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President. Click here for a list of undergraduate student research opportunities and sources of funding.

CSSH graduate students who are in good standing and who wish to apply for an external grant or fellowship opportunity should fill out the CSSH Graduate Student External Grant Form.

This form is required and allows the Dean’s Office to provide assistance with grant proposals and fellowship applications.

Internal Funding

The CSSH Dean’s Research Development Initiative provides faculty members in CSSH with seed funding to help them develop proposals for more significant support from external sources. The external support may come in a wide variety of forms including grants, fellowships, research contracts, or research partnerships.

The Northeastern Humanities Center offers several opportunities each year for research funding in the form of its resident fellowship program and collaborative research cluster grants. The Humanities Center also provides grant-writing workshops, a faculty works-in-progress colloquium series, and other opportunities for faculty members and students to exchange ideas in a collegial environment. Visit the Humanities Center website for details.

Northeastern Grant Programs in Support of Interdisciplinary Research is another source of internal funding available to CSSH faculty members and, in some instances, to graduate students. Tier 1 Grants are awarded once every fiscal year and are designed to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams with the goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. The university’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 programs have rolling deadlines and are intended for major research initiatives ready for, or already competing, for large Federal funding opportunities. Visit Northeastern’s research website for more details about all three programs.

Graduate students may apply for Individual Funding from the Graduate Student Government to attend conferences. PhD students may also apply for PhD Travel Funding through the PhD Network. Visit the Graduate Student Government and PhD Network websites or eligibility, terms, deadlines, and application requirements.

CSSH offers competitive semester-long fellowship opportunities to its full-time PhD students: the experiential fellowship, the fieldwork fellowship, and the dissertation completion fellowship.

Fellowships offer graduate students the opportunity to apply their talents at research centers, universities, and nonprofit organizations worldwide. Students refine their skills as they work to address issues of regional, national, and international importance.

External Funding

CSSH faculty members and graduate students applying for an external grant or fellowship should submit a completed CSSH Intent to Submit Form to the Dean’s Office. This procedure aids in communication and gives the Dean’s Office a more accurate picture of CSSH grant activity. For questions, contact Associate Dean of Research Alisa Lincoln at

CSSH Pilot Program to Support External Fellowships (aka “Top-Up Policy”)

CSSH Top-up Fellowship Policy

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The PhD Network provides a curated list of external funding opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.

Navigating the various funding opportunities can be challenging. Here you can access a range of resources, including searchable grants databases, internal grant programs, funding resources for career development and specialization, and proposal writing resources.