Deadline: 28 January 2011
Open to: doctoral students in social science or humanities enrolled at a US/French institution
Fellowship: up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs
The Social Science Research Council is offering the DPDF (Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship) to help early-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective doctoral dissertation proposals.
Each year, the program offers training within different interdisciplinary fields of study under the leadership of pairs of tenured senior faculty, who define the fields and serve as research directors for groups of 12 graduate students. The students participate in two workshops: one in the spring, to prepare students to undertake summer research that will inform the design of their dissertation research; the other in the fall, to help students apply their summer research experiences to writing dissertation and funding proposals. Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs. Working together, research directors and graduate students design research that will help to shape evolving fields in the humanities and social science.
The 2011 research fields include: Global Indigenous Politics, Migration and Gender Studies, Provincializing Global Urbanism: Toward Multiple Urban Futures, Science/Art Studies, and Bridging, Bonding and Bordering: Migrant Strategies and State Policies (international field).
The DPDF program is open to doctoral students in social science or humanities disciplines who have completed their major course requirements and are beginning to design research proposals. Students who have completed their comprehensive, general, or qualifying exams are eligible to apply as long as their dissertation proposals will be formally approved by their department after the fall DPDF workshop. Typically such students will be second and third year graduate students, but first and fourth year student may, under exceptional circumstances, be eligible.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. program within an accredited university in the United States, unless indicated otherwise for a particular field. In the current application cycle French students and foreign students enrolled in a French institution are also invited to apply to participate in the 2011 DPDF international field: “Bridging, Bonding and Bordering: Migrant Strategies and State Policies.” This field will be composed of six U.S.-based graduate students and six students pursuing PhDs in French universities.
Students may apply to participate in only one research field and, if selected, they are required to attend both spring and fall workshops in addition to undertaking summer research.
Here you may find a sample application form.
In the application you should provide these documents in PDF format:
Your research proposal.
Two reference letters
The deadline is January 28th 2011.