This page contains historical information and is preserved here as a matter of record. This project operated at the SSRC from 2009-02-01 to 2009-03-01.
The Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own.
Learning from its 10-year history as a national student competition and fellowship program for graduate students across the humanities and social sciences, the program now works with universities to help them develop interdisciplinary dissertation proposal development programs on their campuses.
Through its University Initiative, the DPD Program is providing funding, advice, and other resources to five universities over three years to help them pilot similar programs for their own graduate students, sharing successful interdisciplinary pedagogical practices cultivated over a decade of experience. More information about the University Initiative and its institutional partners is available on the University Initiative's website.