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Law and Science Dissertation Grant

Law and Science Dissertation Grant

The Law and Science Dissertation Grant (LSDG) program provides financial support for graduate students in diverse law-and-science disciplines to conduct their doctoral dissertation research. The program is funded by an award from the Law & Science program at the National Science Foundation (SBE #2016661) to Arizona State University (ASU). 

Although the LSDG program is administered by ASU, doctoral students in law and science at any U.S. institution are eligible to apply (for additional information, click on the ‘Eligibility’ tab). All proposals are evaluated the same, regardless of the applicant’s institution (see the ‘Merit Review Process’ tab).

The LSDG team at ASU receives guidance from an Advisory Council (AC), which was put together in consultation with the professional societies that comprise the Law and Science research community. The AC is a diverse group of highly accomplished scholars who hold faculty appointments in anthropology, criminology/criminal justice, law/legal studies, political science, psychology, and sociology, as well as interdisciplinary programs (see the ‘Our People’ tab).

The next submission deadline is May 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. MST. For application instructions, see the ‘Apply’ tab. LSDG conducts two review/award cycles per year. Unless otherwise noted on this page, annual deadlines will be on May 15 and November 15 (or the first business day thereafter if the date falls on a weekend or federal holiday).