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Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues


The Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues is offered by the Institute for Social Research. The Fellowship Fund was established by the students, colleagues, family and friends of Robert Kahn to honor his lifelong commitment to using the best social science to generate new insights on major social problems and point toward their solutions. The Kahn Fellowship was created in this spirit.

The Fellowship will provide dissertation support for one doctoral candidate each year from the University of Michigan community who is committed to using empirical science to help solve the deep and abiding challenges confronting society. The Fellowship will be awarded to the candidate whose research gives most promise of dealing innovatively with some major social problem.


  • Applicants must have been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy (or equivalent progression in a professional school).
  • Applicants must be eligible to accept the fellowship and after receiving the fellowship funds must plan to finish within a year.


The Fellowship will cover tuition and Grad Care and will include a stipend of $25,000. In most instances the term of the award will be limited to twelve months. If departmental, collegiate, or extramural monies complement the ISR award, the term may be extended up to a total of 24 months, but this is discouraged.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Please visit the Kahn Fellowship's website for more award details and application procedures. 

Applications should be submitted directly to the Institute for Social Research.

Deadline: 4:00pm February 23, 2018