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Hartford Pre-Dissertation Award Program in Geriatric Social Work

Pre-Dissertation Award Program*

Funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City
Administered by The Gerontological Society of America
Co-sponsored by the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW).

80 Hartford Pre-Dissertation Awardees

NOTE: pink indicates states without doctoral programs.

For a more detailed map, click here.

*Because of the severe economic downturn the Hartford Foundation has indefinitely suspended funding for the Pre-Dissertation Award program. See the info below regarding a funding opportunity through AGE-SW.

For information about the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program, Click Here.

The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW) has announced that they will again fund the Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative for doctoral students. This is a wonderful opportunity for pre-dissertation students to receive valuable training in research methods, writing for publication, seeking dissertation funding and being socialized into the academic gerontological social work family. Applications to the Pre-Dissertation Initiative for 2013 are due by May 1st.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, contact Dr. Carmen Morano at


About the former Hartford Pre-dissertation Program

The major program components included:

  • Travel Expenses and registration to attend the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Pre-Conference Institutes at GSA to enhance research and grant writing skills
  • Membership to AGE-SW and GSA
  • AGE-SW related activities at GSA
  • Networking with Hartford Doctoral Fellows and Hartford Faculty Scholars

Program Objectives included:

  • Exposing more doctoral students to Gerontological Social Work Research
  • Expanding the number of social work doctoral dissertations that identify and examine a set of research questions that seek to improve the health and well-being of older persons and their families
  • Enhancing the likelihood of writing a successful grant application to the Hartford Doctoral Fellows program

Program Eligibility* (program is currently suspended; see the AGE-SW program link above for an alternative):

  • Applicant had to be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program in the United States
  • Applicant had to be at the Pre-Dissertation stage
  • Applicants had to secure the sponsorship of a faculty member in their doctoral program. This sponsor wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf on the applicant.
  • Applicant had to be a United States citizen or had permanent alien status
  • More than one applicant from a given doctoral program was considered for selection

The former Hartford Pre-disseration Award program was run by:

Principal Investigator and National Program Director of Hartford Doctoral Fellows:James Lubben, DSW, MPH

Co-Director of Hartford Predissertation Awardee Program:

Carmen L. Morano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Hunter College School of Social Work
Senior Faculty Fellow
Brookdale Center on Aging
129 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-452-7036
Fax:   212-452-7150

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This webpage was last updated on February 6, 2013


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