The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) is designed to help early-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective doctoral dissertation proposals. Senior scholars serve as Research Directors and identify research fields for groups of 12 graduate students. The Research Directors design two workshops: one, held in the spring, to prepare students to undertake summer research that will inform the design of their dissertation proposals; the other, held in the fall, to help students apply their summer research experiences to writing dissertation and funding proposals. Working together, Research Directors and graduate students help shape emerging fields in the humanities and social sciences.
Applicants must be based at different universities in the United States and have records of carrying out research activities and mentoring graduate students. At least one member of each team must be a tenured faculty member at a doctoral degree-granting program, and both must be tenured at the time of application. Applicants must be trained in different disciplines or bring different methodological frameworks to their proposed field. Research Directors must be available to participate in both the spring and fall workshops.
Annually, the DPDF’s Selection Committee selects five research fields, each proposed by two senior faculty with different institutional affiliations and, as relevant, different disciplinary specializations. Selected Research Directors design and lead the two student workshops, and serve as mentors to the fellows during the course of their summer research.
Each Research Director receives a stipend of $10,000 for preparing and running the workshops, and for being available to students over the summer.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
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