SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

Deadline: February 3, 2014

Program Overview
The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Student Fellowship Competition is organized to help graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective research proposals through scholarly exchange within interdisciplinary areas of study and exploratory summer research.

Research Fields
Students may apply to participate in one of the six interdisciplinary research fields offered this year, led by the following senior faculty:

Fellowship Terms
Student fellows must attend spring and fall workshops led by faculty research directors and conduct at least 6 weeks of summer research. The spring workshop prepares students to undertake summer research and familiarizes students with the interdisciplinary research field. The fall workshop helps students apply their summer research experiences to the development of their dissertation and funding proposals.

Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs. Travel and accommodations to attend both workshops are covered by the DPDF Program.

All research fields in this year’s Student Fellowship Competition are open to pre-ABD doctoral students who are enrolled full time in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States. The international field is also open to first year doctoral students enrolled in universities within the United Kingdom. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines are welcome to apply.  For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our website.

For further information regarding the program and how to apply, please visit our website at

Program staff are available at to answer additional questions.