The University Initiative of the Council's Dissertation Proposal Development Program is partnering with five universities to design and institutionalize innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research proposal training that can serve as models for emulation by additional graduate institutions.

Cornell University Northwestern University
University of California: Santa Cruz University of Minnesota University of Massachusetts: Boston

The University Initiative will take place over three years, during which the DPD Program will provide guidance and advice in program design, coordinate collaboration between participating universities, and subsidize most of the initial financial costs, with the expectation that each participating university will sustain their program independently by the initiative's closing. The University Initiative of the DPD Program is made possible by grant funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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