Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program

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

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) program supports graduate students in formulating effective doctoral dissertation research proposals that contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities and social sciences. Intended to help emerging scholars make the transition from learners to producers of knowledge, the fellowship creates a space for faculty mentorship and opens unique opportunities for both interdisciplinary and international network building.

The fellowship cycle includes spring and fall workshops designed and led by pairs of senior tenured faculty, which provide a framework for pre-dissertation research and guide proposal writing within the context of selected research fields. In the summer months, student fellows carry out exploratory field research on their topics to evaluate issues of feasibility and methods of investigation.

The DPDF Program offers two competitions for each fellowship cycle:

  • The Faculty Field Competition, held each fall to select research fields and faculty research directors who will lead the trainings during the fellowship year; and
  • The Student Fellowship Competition, held each winter to select students who will participate in the training program.
Program Director
Josh DeWind
Program Officer
Marika Dunn