Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)

Application Deadline:   October 15, 2014  (5:00 pm, EST)

General Description
“The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate innovative dissertation research proposals through workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship. The program seeks young scholars who are interested in strengthening their dissertation research plans through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. By the end of the fellowship, participating students will complete a draft proposal that can be reviewed with academic advisors and adapted for submission to an academic department and/or research funding agencies.”

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be currently matriculated in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States.
Applicants may be US citizens or non-citizens.
Progress within graduate program: Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study (MA and/or PhD) by the end of June 2015.
Applicants must be on track to obtain approval of their dissertation proposals and attain ABD status (that is, complete all but dissertation requirements in their program) after the September 2015 DPDF workshop but before the end of June 2016.
Applicants must commit to attend the spring and fall workshops in their entirety and to conduct at least six weeks of summer research away from their home institutions between the 2015 spring and fall workshops.
Students who have already submitted dissertation research proposals to their departments for approval or to funding agencies for support of their dissertation research are not eligible to apply to the DPDF Program.

For complete program details, eligibility requirements, application instructions, and FAQs, see: