Workshops and Summer Research
Fellows who received the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship were required to take part in the following activities:
Each year’s workshops were led by humanities and social sciences faculty with extensive experience helping doctoral students across diverse disciplines refine research proposals, and fellows worked primarily with the same faculty and small multidisciplinary groups throughout their fellowship period.
To view previous workshop agendas used in the DPDF trainings, please visit the Workshop Agendas page in the Resources section of this site.
SSRC organized centralized workshops for fellows each year, and therefore graduate students receiving a DPDF received compensation for travel, lodging, and meals expenses related to mandatory attendance at both workshops. Fellows could also apply for up to $5,000 to support summer research expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and some necessary equipment and supplies.
From 2011 to 2014, DPDF alumni – both former research directors and student fellows – were also eligible for small grants to support follow-up activities that strengthened student research and professional development within their DPDF research field. Such grants supported partial support for travel to conferences for group presentations, preparation for joint publications, and other collaborative activities between junior and senior scholars.