DPDF Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Faculty

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Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Workshops and Time Commitment
Application and Online Portal

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

I am up for tenure but will not hear definitively until the end of the academic year. Am I eligible for a research directorship?

No. Prospective faculty applicants must be tenured at an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of their application.

My colleague and I are at the same university. Are we eligible to apply to the Faculty Field Competition?

No. Applicant pairs to the DPDF Faculty Field Competition research directorships must be tenured faculty members at different colleges or universities. At least one applicant must be based at a college or university located within the U.S.

My colleague and I are at the same public university but work at different campuses. Are we eligible to apply as research directors?

Yes. As long as you are not affiliated at the same campus, you may apply.

I don’t/My partner doesn’t teach at a doctoral-degree granting university. Are either of us eligible to apply?

At least one applicant within the research director team must be based at a doctoral-degree granting university. An applicant who is not at a doctoral-degree granting institution must be a tenured faculty member at his or her college or university. Additionally, both applicants must demonstrate records of carrying out research activities and mentoring graduate students.

How critical is it that the two faculty advisors be situated in two different disciplines? How important is the emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to a field? Are we eligible to apply as research directors if we both work within the same discipline?

DPDF encourages applicant teams who are either trained or practicing within two different disciplines. The program’s mission, and that of the SSRC, is to encourage interdisciplinary research. SSRC and the DPDF program have received particularly positive reactions from fellows whose team of research directors was able to expose them to more than one disciplinary perspective. However, research directors in the same discipline will be considered as long as their approaches cover different methodological, regional, or historical frameworks.

I was awarded and accepted a DPDF research directorship in the past. I would like to apply to the DPDF program again, am I eligible?

DPDF allows previous research directors to reapply to the program every three years. If you apply before this time is up, your application will not be eligible. If you have any questions, please contact DPDF staff at dpdf@ssrc.org.

Because of professional obligations, I cannot attend both workshops. Am I thereby excluded from applying?

Yes. Participation in both workshops is mandatory for research directors and for student fellows.

Can I invite another colleague from outside the U.S. to be a research director?

Yes. The DPDF Program now accepts applications in which one of the faculty applicants is based at an accredited university outside the U.S. However, his or her co-applicant must be a faculty member at a doctoral-degree granting U.S. institution, and both applicants must be tenured at their respective institutions at the time of application. All applicants to the Faculty Field Competition will be reviewed by the same selection criteria as outlined on the competition’s main page and, if selected, will train graduate students from U.S. universities. Please contact DPDF staff at dpdf@ssrc.org should you seek further information or clarification.

Workshops and Time Commitment

Where are the workshops held? Am I / Is my campus responsible for hosting the workshops?

The workshops are organized by DPDF staff and are held at conference centers within the continental United States. The dates are established before the annual cycle of faculty applications opens. Please visit the DPDF Application and Awards Timeline for this year’s specific workshop dates and locations.

What am I expected to accomplish as a field research director?

The goal of the training workshops is twofold: student training and field-building. On the one hand, you will be expected to give individual attention and guidance to each student regarding their projects. Issues that often are covered include theories and methodologies related to the research field, feasibility of the project, and best practices for exploratory on-site research. On the other hand, you will be engaged in field-building – mentoring the next generation of scholars through in-depth discussions of the central questions and issues of the research field that you have developed.

In thinking about workshop sessions for my proposed field, I’d like to invite guest speakers or maybe arrange a local field trip of some sort. Will the DPDF program pay for that?

Each selected research field will have access to up to $3,000 to pay for travel and accommodations for limited guest speakers and local activities around the workshop locations. All workshop activities, including agendas, assignments, guests and special events, must be presented to and approved by DPDF staff prior to the workshops.

So, all I have to do is to run a workshop in the spring and a workshop in the fall?

No. The DPDF program requires a commitment of research directors from the time they are selected in late November to the completion of the fall workshop in September of the following year. Responsibilities of research directors include helping select their field’s student fellows, planning and running spring and fall workshop sessions, and maintaining communication with fellows during the summer as they complete their pre-dissertation research. Research directors establish workshop agendas, reading lists, assignments, and exercises that work to both assist individual students in their projects and help to build and map a research field.

Application and Online Portal

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted online through the online portal. Detailed instructions are available here.

I submitted an application through the SSRC Online Application Portal for a past DPDF cycle. I was not awarded a directorship and would like to reapply. Can I reactivate my previous application as my proposal or do I need to submit an entirely new one?

You cannot reactivate your previous application but must instead follow the protocol established for the current cycle. If you would like to discuss your previous application(s), please contact DPDF staff at dpdf@ssrc.org.

May I submit two different proposals, written with two different co-applicants, for the current DPDF faculty application cycle?

No. You may only submit one application in one field in any given cycle.

Can both applicants edit the research field description?

No. In order to avoid user conflict and version control problems, only the user deemed co-applicant 1 has administrative privileges to edit the research field description and upload the field CV. We recommend working together on the description outside of the portal and then the user deemed co-applicant 1 can upload the copy into the portal.

My co-applicant sent me an invitation to join the application she initiated, but when I registered for the portal and then began my application, I couldn’t find her invitation in the “Co-Applicant Invitation and Status” section. What’s might be the problem?

In order for the portal to locate and properly join both applications, you must register for the portal and begin the application using the email address your co-applicant indicated in her email to you. This is the email to which the invitation was originally sent.

Can my partner upload my CV or personal information for me?

No. Each applicant must complete the individual section using his or her personal login information, including entering personal, teaching/advising information and uploading his or her own CV. Each applicant must also make sure to submit his or her portion of the application once the joint application is completed, otherwise the entire application will be deemed incomplete.

Do I need to convert my bibliography and CV into PDF format myself? I do not know how to perform this conversion.

Yes. You must convert your bibliography and CV into PDF format. You may do so by using Adobe Professional or a similar online program. If you are unable to perform the conversion, please contact your university IT services for assistance.

What size font and spacing should I use for my bibliography?

Please create a one-page, single-spaced, portrait-oriented document using an 11-point font size.

Does my bibliography have to be annotated? Is there a specific bibliographic format that I must use?

Please provide a standard bibliography not exceeding one page in PDF format. There is no predetermined bibliographic format for the DPDF program. You may use whatever format you prefer as long as it remains consistent throughout the document.

My bibliography document was exactly the correct length in a word-processing program, but when I convert it to PDF format, it exceeds the page limit. Is that permissible?

No. Your bibliography should not exceed one page in total PDF format.

I use Mac OS X™, and I am having difficulty uploading my documents. What should I do?

There is a known problem - specific to the Mac OS X™ machines - with uploading files over a secure connection. You may upload files using any of the following options: 1) Use Apple™’s browser, Safari™. 2) Upload your file using another computer not running OS X™.

I am encountering problems when I try to "View/Print Application" on the application portal. What should I do?

Check to make sure that your browser's pop-up blocker is not interfering with the SSRC website. If you are working in Firefox, try working in Safari or Internet Explorer. If you continue to have difficulty, please fill out the technical-support form on the online application portal.