Ssrc Dissertation Proposal

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Overview

The Dissertation Proposal Development Program began in 2006 as a fellowship program for early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences to help them formulate innovative dissertation research proposals. The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, or DPDF, provided workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship.

Between 2006 and 2014, the DPDF was thematic, with several interdisciplinary research fields selected annually though the program’s faculty field competition as the basis for student training workshops. Through the DPDF's student fellowship competition, graduate students then applied to participate in one of the thematic training workshops offered in a given year, which were led by senior faculty from each selected research field.

Following the 2014 fellowship cycle, the DPDF was reconfigured to engage with a broader cross section of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. This reconfiguration eliminated the faculty field competition and thematic workshop components while becoming accessible to more students in the humanities and social sciences, regardless of topic, who were in the early stages of dissertation proposal development.

As of fall 2016, the DPDF as a fellowship program for individual graduate students will be discontinued. Instead, the Dissertation Proposal Development Program will shift toward providing resources and guidance directly to universities to help them establish interdisciplinary dissertation proposal development trainings on their own campuses.


Legacy

Over its 10-year span, nearly 650 graduate students from universities both in the US and abroad received the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, allowing them to refine their dissertation projects and conduct exploratory research in more than 110 countries across the globe.

In assessing the fellowship program's benefits for students, program staff found that alumni were, on average, significantly more successful in winning dissertation research grants and quicker in obtaining doctoral degrees than were students who did not participate in the program. DPDF alumni also reported overwhelmingly that the program's activities helped them to develop professional skills in writing clearly and explaining their research to broad audiences, giving and receiving critiques from colleagues, and developing academic networks that furthered their career advancement.

Please visit the Resources links for more information on the training components and financial resources the DPDF provided, as well as the fellowship competition's eligibility and criteria.

  • 1.AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series

    …2018: Medicine, Science, and Technology in the Study of Asian Pasts and Presents.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 2.APN Book Manuscript Completion Grants

    Supporting APN alumni during the completion of a book manuscript based on their APN research.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 3.APN Collaborative Working Group Research Grants

    Supporting independent African research and its integration into regional and global policy communities.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 4.APN Individual Research Grants

    Supporting independent African research and its integration into regional and global policy communities.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 5.Abe Fellowship

    International multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 6.Abe Fellowship for Journalists

    International reporting on topics of pressing global concern.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 7.Conflict Research Fellowship
    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 8.DPD University Initiative

    Helping universities develop innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to dissertation proposal training.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 9.Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

    Providing graduate students with support to formulate innovative doctoral dissertation proposals.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 10.Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship

    Supporting research in Latin America and the Caribbean to inform drug policy.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 11.IIAS-SSRC Winter School “Media Activism and Postcolonial Futures”
    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 12.International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

    The IDRF Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. The fellowship provides funding for nine to twelve months of continuous dissertation research outside of the United States.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 13.Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship

    Support for dissertation and postdoctoral research in Japan in the humanities and social sciences.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 14.Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop

    An opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on dissertations in progress.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 15.Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty

    An opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on books in progress.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 16.Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants

    The SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program offers three modest predoctoral grants designed to meet specific needs during the doctoral degree process including support for travel, equipment and technology costs, and professional association membership fees.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 17.Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants
    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 18.Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 19.Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship

    Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 20.Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship

    Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development.

    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 21.Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology
    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 22.SSMN Grants
    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 23.The Albert O. Hirschman Prize
    Fellowships & Prizes
  • 24.Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections
    Fellowships & Prizes
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