SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program:

Supporting the development of innovative dissertation proposals in the humanities and social sciences

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals for their academic departments or funding agencies. The program seeks students who can strengthen their proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review.

In a change from past years, the fellowship is no longer limited to students whose research topics fall within specific fields of study, but rather it is open to all students in the humanities and social sciences who are beginning to formulate proposals for their dissertation research. Please visit the program’s Student Fellowship Competition page for more information.

Program Director
Josh DeWind
Deputy Director
Marika Dunn
Program Staff