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The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

Date posted: 12/21/2012

Award: Up to 25 students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for a one-year project. The stipend may be added to other financial support the graduate student receives from his or her university/research organization

Field: disability programs, including public health, social work, economics, occupational medicine, vocational & rehabilitation counseling, public policy & administration, sociology, psychology, education, medicine & law

Eligibility: Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2013) with an academic emphasis in topics of interest to disability programs

Contact Information:

Phone: 518.439.7415
Fax: 518.439.7612
Address: Policy Research Inc. 345 Delaware Ave. Delmar, NY 12054
Web site:

Additional information:

Program Description This grant program awards stipends to graduate students to conduct research on ways to improve the disability determination process for SSA’s two disability programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The application processes for SSI and SSDI are complex, and members of the public with health problems and economic hardships often find it difficult to navigate this process. PRI hopes to improve the efficiency and reduce the complexity of disability determination processes by facilitating innovative research through stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students and by allowing those students to access technical information on SSA disability program operations from disability experts. In exchange, PRI expects students to produce a thesis or written product by June 30, 2014. The program is directed by Policy Research, Inc. (PRI) of Delmar, NY, and is 100% funded through a $300,000 grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA) (#IDD11000001).

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