Early Doctoral Student Research Grants

To enable doctoral students enrolled at institutions of higher education to cultivate their research skills through the preparation of a research manuscript that focuses on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Program Accomplishments

Program helps approximately 7 doctoral students a year complete their research manuscripts on HUD-related research topics.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Costs incurred in the timely completion of a research manuscript including stipends, computer software, the purchase of data, travel expenses to collect data, transcription services, and compensation for interviews.

Grants cannot be used for tuition, computer hardware, or meals.

Indirect cost and honorariums cannot be charged under this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are accredited institutions of higher education recognized by the Department of Education that sponsor doctoral students who are currently enrolled and matriculating and who are in pre-candidacy in an accredited doctoral program.

However, the sponsored doctoral student is responsible for the completion of the application (with the assistance of the institution).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are doctoral students.


Doctoral students must meet the following requirements: (1) 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; (2) Have a major or concentration within a field related to housing and urban development (3) Have not taken the preliminary/comprehensive examinations (4) Completed at least two semesters or three terms of their doctoral studies program (depending on the course structure of the institution); and (5) Have an assigned faculty advisor to supervise the research manuscript.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372 and OMB Circular No.


Application Procedures

Application requirements will appear in a Federal Register Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applicants will respond to competitive requirements contained in a NOFA published in the Federal Register each year.


Deadlines will be announced in each NOFA publication.


Continuing Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Announcement of awards are anticipated on or before September 30th.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Applicant's institution is required to provide support to the applicant during the grant period.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This Grant is for a 1-year period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Applicants must submit a report on progress halfway through the grant period and a Program Outcome Logic Model.

At the end of the grant performance period the doctoral student must submit to HUD two copies and a CD-Rom of the approved manuscript in its final version and a final complete Program Outcome Logic Model.




The institution must maintain information on grant disbursement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $102,693; FY 08 est $100,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Maximum grant size is $15,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This information is provided in the yearly NOFA. More information about previously awarded grants is provided at www.oup.org.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Susan Brunson, Office of University Partnerships, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 8106, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-3852. E-mail: Susan.S.Brunson@hud.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

A competitive process is used in selecting grants. Criteria will be published in the annual NOFA.

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