This year marks the 20th anniversary of the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program at the Social Science Research Council. Since 1997, with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, IDRF has provided support for more than 1,200 PhD students pursuing dissertation research across the globe.

SSRC IDRF fellows have gone on to be leading scholars in their fields, providing rich contributions to scholarship. Beyond academia, the program’s fellows have gone on to achieve success across many different career paths.

In recognition of the contributions that IDRF has made to the US scholarly community, the program will be featuring the work of our esteemed alumni whose research benefited from its support early in their careers. We celebrate the work of our fellows—past, present, and future—and IDRF’s continued commitment to young scholars.

Feature Image Credit: Ling Chen, 2010 SSRC IDRF fellow