The Social Security Administration (SSA) is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends through the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program.
The stipends will be awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability. ARDRAW focuses on research relevant to SSA’s work incentives and employment supports — specifically rehabilitation, work and the disability program.
Potential research areas of inquiry include:
- Working conditions of SSA beneficiaries
- Work accommodations and needs of SSA beneficiaries
- Non-competitive employment for SSA beneficiaries
- Vocational and other types of service use by SSA beneficiaries
- Non-SSA assistance provided to SSA beneficiaries
Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level part-time or full-time graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2019) with an academic emphasis in topics of interest to disability programs, including, but not limited to, public health, social work, economics, occupational medicine, vocational and rehabilitation counseling, public policy and administration, sociology, psychology, education, medicine, employment, and law.
At the time of stipend award, awardees must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
- Members of minority and historically disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.