This set of guidelines on Budgeting (Part of The Holy Grail: In Pursuit of the Dissertation Proposal by Michael Watts), includes sound advice and a link to sample budgets.



 Living expenses can be estimated based on actual costs of housing and food in the place you will be living during the term of a grant. But there are also established guidelines from a number of sources to estimate the costs of living for a specific place. Contact grant administrators if you are unsure of the appropriate guidelines for calculating living expenses.

  • Fulbright Hays Maintenance Allowances for 2016 (begins page 53; in US dollars) This document, created for Fulbright Hays dissertation applicants, lists monthly allowances deemed to adequately cover living expenses (housing, meals, utilities) in major cities around the world. If you do use these allowances as the basis for part of your own budget, it is customary to include a statement that indicates your source: "Based on the Fulbright Hays Maintenance Allowance for 2016." 

Other sources for calculating your proposed living expenses:

For questions regarding budget planning, particularly for federal funding, contact ORA.