Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program (DPDF)
Request for Faculty Field-Building and Student-Training Proposals
Pairs of faculty who would like to train graduate students to contribute
to emerging or revitalizing interdisciplinary fields of study within the
humanities and/or social sciences are encouraged to submit proposals to
design and lead student workshops in 2010. The Dissertation Proposal
Development Fellowship Program (DPDF) will support successful faculty
applicants in directing two workshops for early-stage graduate students
to prepare dissertation research and funding proposals. Between the
workshops, the students will be supported to carryout summer research
and explore questions and methods for dissertation research. The DPDF
program is intended to intervene in the career development of graduate
students, facilitate their transition from students to researchers, and
enable them to participate in the development of interdisciplinary
fields of study.
Five pairs of faculty field directors will be selected to organize two
four-day workshops for 12 graduate students each. Student participants
will be recruited and selected competitively through the SSRC. The
first field workshops to orient students to their fields and prepare
them for summer research, are to take place on June 3-6, 2010. The
second workshops, to enable students to draw upon their orientations and
research to prepare dissertation research and funding proposals, are to
take place on September 16-19, 2010.
Each faculty field director will be provided a stipend of $10,000.
Faculty applicants are asked to propose a field of interdisciplinary
study that has not been a focus of DPDF training in the past. Full
descriptions of past research fields and the program are available at:
http://programs.ssrc.org/dpdf <blocked::http://programs.ssrc.org/dpdf> .
Field Research Directors
Each pair of field research directors must have different disciplinary
specializations, hold tenured positions at different US graduate
degree-granting institutions, and be experienced in supervising students
in dissertation research. The field directors design and, with
organizational logistics provided by SSRC staff, lead the spring and
Application Requirements and Deadline
Pairs of eligible faculty are invited to submit joint proposals for 2010
through the SSRC’s application portal, http://applications.ssrc.org/
<blocked::http://applications.ssrc.org/> . Proposals should describe the
interdisciplinary nature of the proposed field, the disciplines from
which the SSRC might recruit graduate students to participate, and the
kinds of training activities to be organized in each workshop.
Applicants should also provide a short field bibliography and Curricula
Applications for 2010 must be submitted via the SSRC application portal
by October 2nd, 2009.
Contact Details: Please direct any questions to program staff at
The DPDF Program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation