SERA-LSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant


In collaboration with the Law and Society Association (LSA), the SERA-LSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant is awarded annually to up to five doctoral students to support dissertation research on social and economic rights. The grant is for $5,000 and can be spent in any manner to advance the dissertation research. Applicants are not required to submit a budget. Applications are due by March 1st at 11:59 pm Eastern Time




Application Materials


Application Process


All materials should be submitted in Times New Roman 12-point font with at least one-inch margins.


The application materials should be submitted as a single PDF in the order listed above to 


Please name your PDF: LAST NAME_SERA-LSA_APPLICATION_2024.pdf.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Questions may be directed to  



Applications may be submitted beginning January 15th. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1st at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Review of applications will be in March and April by a panel of experts on economic and social rights based on the selection criteria below, and decisions will be announced by May 31st.


Selection criteria



Conditions for Receipt of Grant


Before the awards are made, the review committee will contact the dissertation chair for each of the proposed grantees to ensure that the grantee continues to be enrolled in the PhD program and is likely to complete the dissertation project. 


To receive the award, grantees will be required to provide a photograph of themselves, the title of their dissertation research and a 150-word abstract of the dissertation project, including the research question and the research design, to be displayed on the SERA website.