Graduate Student Support

Summer Travel & Research Funds

Matching funds will be available to departments for summer travel by graduate students in the Division of Social Sciences. This could include travel to conferences or to conduct research in archives or in the field.

Dissertation Improvement Funds

ISS offers funds to the individual graduate programs in the division for competitive research support awards aimed at helping advanced graduate students successfully complete their dissertations. 

Dissertation Retreats

These retreats are for advanced PhD candidates to share their work and receive feedback from fellow graduate students from different disciplines. This exchange of ideas often helps students to clarify their thinking or to have breakthroughs that help them in the completion of their dissertations. Retreats are for 10-12 students and facilitated by 2 or 3 faculty.

The 2016-17 dissertation retreat, co-hosted by ISS and DHI, will be held April 7-8, 2017. Applications closed on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The 2015-16 retreat, co-hosted by the Davis Humanities Institute, took place in Lake Tahoe on April 8-9, 2016. Read a summary of the retreat in the ISS Journal.