Daniel Katz Dissertation Fellowship in Psychology and Survey Methodology


The Institute for Social Research (ISR) announces the availability of a dissertation fellowship for a graduate student in the Department of Psychology for the 2015-2016 academic year. The purpose of the fellowship is to support a doctoral student in Psychology who is completing his or her dissertation on a project related to research conducted at ISR.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 award, the Fellowship will begin supporting students in MPSM and Psychology in alternate years. The 2015-2016 award will be open to Ph.D. Candidates in Psychology.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. the quality of the dissertation project,
  2. the strength of letters of recommendation
  3. the ability of the student to finish his/her dissertation by end of the term of the award (usually summer of the following year)
  4. the “fit” with ISR research (e.g., a demonstrated connection with data collected at ISR or with an ISR project.


Applicants must be candidates and must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology except the dissertation defense. Preference will be given to students early in the writing process.


The award provides a stipend of $22,000, usually over 12 months. The recipient can elect to begin the award during the Spring/Summer or Fall 2015 term. The award does not prevent the recipient from holding simultaneous appointments as a GSRA or GSI.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants must submit the following materials to the Student Academic Affairs Office:

  • an up-to-date academic transcript (this can be printed by the Student Academic Affairs Office)
  • A current CV
  • three [3] letters of recommendation that address the strengths of the dissertation project. One must be from the dissertation advisor and should attest to the candidate‚Äôs ability to finish the dissertation by the end of Summer 2016.
  • a brief (no more than three single-spaced pages) description of the project, its timeline, and its intellectual relationship to ISR (e.g., ISR faculty, an ISR project, and/or a data set collected at ISR).

Application materials should be submitted electronically to psych.grad.awards@umich.edu by February 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Announcements of awards will be made in early April.

Katz Fellows

Christopher Antoun, 2014
George Smith, 2013
Ryan Bremner, 2012
Nina Strohminger, 2011
Igor Grossmann, 2010
Heather Fuller-Iglesias, 2008
Nicholas Bowman, 2007
Justin Jager, 2006
Katherine Fiori, 2005
Shawna Lee, 2004
Janxin Leu, 2003