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Friday, June 29, 2007

SSRC Announces First Cohort for New Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)

The Social Science Research Council has selected 60 graduate students to serve as the first cohort of its new Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) program. Go to DPDF Fellows List. Chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants currently enrolled in U.S. doctoral programs, the 2007 fellows represent 30 institutions nationwide and a wide variety of disciplines, from anthropology and political science to ethnomusicology and comparative literature. The program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the SSRC.

"The DPDF program has been designed to intervene at a critical moment in the career development of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences by aiding their transition from students to researchers," said Peter Sahlins, director of the SSRC's academic programs. "The program's very first cohort of graduate students is a spectacularly talented group that will benefit enormously from this unique fellowship opportunity."

Each fellow will receive up to $5,000 as a summer stipend for predissertation research. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to work under the guidance of leading U.S. academics to hone their dissertation proposals. These research directors run two workshops, in May and September, to help fellows develop their ideas into fundable dissertations amenable to timely completion.

Fellows participate in one of five annually identified research fields.  In 2007, these are:

The application process for 2008 graduate student fellows will begin in December of this year. The faculty application for 2008 research directorships is now open. For more information, visit the DPDF Web site or contact program staff at

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