The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program assists graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to formulate research proposals for their doctoral dissertations within interdisciplinary research fields of the humanities and social sciences. Each year, pairs of tenured professors, each at a different U.S. doctoral degree-granting university, are invited to propose interdisciplinary fields of research for student training. The DPDF Selection Committee then selects five research fields. Graduate students who are beginning to plan dissertation research projects, usually in their 2nd and 3rd years of graduate study, apply to one of the five research fields. Sixty applicants (twelve per field) are selected to participate in two workshops designed by the faculty field research directors: one in the late spring, which prepares the students to undertake summer research that will inform the design of their dissertation proposals, and the other in the fall, which helps students to employ their summer research experiences in writing dissertation and research funding proposals. During the summer, between the workshops, students undertake predissertation research with support of up to $5,000 to cover expenses. All costs of faculty and student workshop participation are covered by the SSRC.
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