SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowships (DPDF)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 28, 2011, 6:00 P.M., EST

To enable humanities and social science graduate students to conduct preliminary research and prepare dissertation research and funding proposals, the Social Science Research Council offers Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowships. Fellows participate in two proposal preparation workshops and receive up to $5,000 in support of research during the summer of 2011.

The fellowship competition is open to all second and third-year graduate students in any discipline of the social sciences and humanities who are currently enrolled full time in a PhD program at an accredited university in the United States, and whose research projects and dissertation proposals fit within one of the five research fields listed below.

Students awarded fellowships must participate in two four-day workshops led by leading scholars of different disciplinary perspectives in each of the fields. The spring workshop will be held in Monterey, California, from June 2-5, 2011, and the fall workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 15-18, 2011. The fellowship covers all necessary costs of travel, meals, and lodging for the workshops.

2011 Research Fields:

Global Indigenous Politics
Jose Antonio Lucero – International Studies, University of Washington
Bret Gustafson – Anthropology, Washington University

Migration & Gender Studies
Donna Gabaccia – History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Katharine Donato – Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Provincializing Global Urbanism: Toward Multiple Urban Futures
Helga Leitner – Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Ananya Roy – City and Regional Planning, UC-Berkeley

Science/Art Studies
Caroline Jones – Art History, MIT
Peter Galison – History of Science, Harvard

2011 International Research Field:

Bridging, Bonding and Bordering: Migrant Strategies and State Policies  
Virginie Guiraudon – Political Science, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (Lille) & Sciences-Po (Paris)
Rubén Hernández-León – Sociology, UCLA

The international field is open to six American students and six French students. The spring workshop for this field will be held at the Institut d’Études Avancées in Marseille, from June 10-14th, 2011.

For full descriptions of the research fields, eligibility and application requirements, and the DPDF program generally, along with links to the SSRC Online Application Portal, please visit our website:


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