Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DDRI)

Award Info:

DDRI awards supported by GSS may not exceed $18,000, a total that must include both allowable direct costs and appropriate indirect costs for the entire duration of the award.

The direct costs requested in a DDRI proposal must be allowable costs that will improve the conduct of dissertation research. Student stipends, tuition expenses, assistantships, and the doctoral advisor's travel expenses are NOT eligible for support. Travel to conferences to disseminate the results of research and obtain constructive feedback prior to completion of the dissertation may be included in the proposal, but DDRI awards recommended by GSS should not have direct conference travel costs that exceed $1,000 for one conference or a total of $1,500 for two conferences.


Proposals are accepted anytime.

As noted in the title of the awards, DDRI awards are meant to improve the conduct of the dissertation research.

DDRI proposals must be submitted with a principal investigator (PI) and a co-principal investigator (co-PI).

The PI must be the advisor of the doctoral student or another faculty member at the U.S. university where the doctoral student is enrolled. There is no limitation on the number of times that an individual may be the principal investigator on a DDRI proposal submitted to GSS, either during a specific competition or over the course of her/his career.

Submission date: ongoing; proposals accepted anytime