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FY12 Update

The Early Doctoral Student Research Grant program will not be funded during the FY12 grant cycle and has not been funded since FY08.

The Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG) program enables pre-candidacy doctoral students enrolled at an institution of higher education accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to cultivate their research skills through the preparation of research manuscripts that focus on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. The EDSRG program also seeks to 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 $15,000 for a 12-month period to pre-dissertation doctoral students whose studies include urban economics as a major or concentration within another field related to housing and urban development.

Eligible Applicants. Eligible applicants are accredited institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that sponsor pre-dissertation Ph.D. 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 as a full-time student in an accredited doctoral program.

  • Have a major or concentration within a field related to housing and urban development.

  • Have not taken the preliminary/comprehensive examinations.

  • Completed at least two semesters or three terms of a doctoral studies program (depending on the course structure of the institution).

  • Have an assigned faculty advisor to supervise the research manuscript.

Eligible Activities. Grant funds awarded for programs under this NOFA must be used to support direct costs incurred in the timely completion of the research product. Eligible costs include stipends, computer software, 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 EDSRG 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:

  • Increasing homeownership opportunities.
  • Promoting decent affordable housing.
  • Strengthening communities.
  • Ensuring equal opportunity in housing.
  • Embracing high standards of ethics, management, and accountability.
  • Promoting participation of faith-based and community organizations.

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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