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FY12 Update

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant program will not be funded during the FY12 grant cycle.


The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. This purpose of this program is to:

  • Enable doctoral candidates enrolled at institutions of higher education accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to complete their research and dissertations on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues.
  • Fund research studies that may impact federal problemsolving and policymaking and that are relevant to HUD's policy priorities and annual goals and objectives.

OUP competitively awards one-time grants of up to $25,000 for a period of 24 months to doctoral candidates currently enrolled at accredited institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. These grants must be used to support direct costs incurred that support the timely completion of the dissertation.

Eligible Applicants. Eligible applicants are accredited institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that sponsor doctoral students who meet the following program requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (recipient of an Alien Registration Recipient Card-Form I-551, commonly referred to as a Green Card) currently enrolled an accredited doctoral program.
  • Have a dissertation proposal/prospectus that has been/will be accepted by the full dissertation committee by the application deadline date.
  • Have an assigned dissertation advisor.
  • Satisfactorily completed all other written and oral doctoral degree requirements, including all examinations, except the dissertation by September 1, 2011.

Eligible Activities. Grant funds awarded under this program must be used to support direct costs incurred in the timely completion of a dissertation. Eligible costs include stipends, computer software, the purchase of data, travel expenses to collect data, transcription services, and compensation for interviews.

Funds awarded under this program may not be used to pay for tuition, computer hardware, or meals.

Research Topics. The DDRG program was created to support grantees researching a wide range of topics. OUP welcomes applications from students in any academic discipline that can provide policy-relevant insight on housing and community development-related research issues.

Examples of topics addressing these issues include but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening the nation's housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers.
  • Meeting the needs for quality affordable rental homes.
  • Utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life.
  • Building inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

Program Contact

Susan Brunson
Program Analyst
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of University Partnerships
Room 8226
451 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 402–3852
Fax: (202) 708–0309
Email: susan.s.brunson@hud.gov

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