Each year, applicants who have been advanced to candidacy in legitimate Ph D or Ed D programs are invited to submit proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs).
(By “advanced to candidacy” we mean [a] having completed all required course work, if any, and [b] having had a research plan approved by the candidate’s university committee.) Proposals are reviewed by a TIRF committee of established international researchers.
Rupak Shrestha was awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) grant by the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program.
The award will support his dissertation research project titled "Extra-Territorial Sovereignty, Nationalism, and the Politics of Development".
Although TIRF is an independent foundation, it remains subject to the laws governing the United States of America (where TIRF is registered), including governmental sanctions that are in force and may limit doing business with individuals or organizations in/from certain countries.
On Sep 29, 2016: TIRF Board of Trustees Convenes for its Fall Meeting | The International Research Foundation for English Language Education said:[…] were numerous topics covered during TIRF’s Board meeting.
Consequently, that person would not qualify for a DDG.
TIRF's DDG program is only open to doctoral students who have moved to candidacy (as defined by the degree granting institution) and have not yet finished their doctorate.
There are also other eligibility requirements potential applicants must meet, which can be found above.
On Feb 28, 2012: Debbie said: I am considering applying for this grant, but I will graduate in May (hopefully) with my doctorate in education. DDG applicants do not need to be US citizens to apply for the grant.