Social Security Administration (SSA) Opportunities

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is excited to offer graduate student and faculty opportunities to participate in our Fellowships offered! Selected participants receive a stipend for their participation. While these opportunities are available to all graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs, we appreciate your assistance of distributing this information to our Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) student prospects. We hope for strong participation from the MSI/HBCU communities. 

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Thank you for your support in circulating alertness to these opportunities! More information is below.

2017 Summer Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

The 2017 summer fellowship program is an opportunity for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines to learn about the current state of disability policy, pressing policy issues surrounding the employment of individuals with disabilities, and how to conduct high-quality research in these areas. Specifically, this fellowship opportunity is for students in Master’s programs or early in doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) to spend the summer of 2017 at Mathematica Policy Research’s Washington, DC, office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy. This opportunity is funded under a cooperative agreement between Mathematica Policy Research and the Social Security Administration, via its Disability Research Consortium.

  • Summer Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 over the fellowship period.
  • The submission deadline is February 10, 2017.

2017 Dissertation Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

The dissertation fellowship program provides financial support to outstanding doctoral students from diverse fields conducting high-quality research in areas of significance to disability policy. Mathematica Policy Research is pleased to offer up to four such fellowships in 2017. This fellowship is for students conducting doctoral dissertation research on topics related to disability policy, and in contrast with the summer fellows program, dissertation fellows will remain at their home institution. This opportunity is funded by a cooperative agreement between Mathematica and the Social Security Administration, through its Disability Research Consortium.

  • Each selected dissertation fellow will receive a stipend totaling $28,000.
  • The submission deadline is February 17, 2017.