GradGrants SSRC IDRF Proposal Development Bootcamp

GradGrants SSRC IDRF Proposal Development Bootcamp

Thinking about applying for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) this year? Beginning September 5, 2016, the IU GradGrants Center (GGC) will facilitate an eight-week course to help you develop a successful proposal for the SSRC IDRF Program, which annually funds roughly 80 grants for doctoral research on topics of interest to the advancement of humanistic knowledge.

The bootcamp, run as an online course through Canvas and thus accessible to IU Ph.D. students both in and outside of Bloomington, is organized into a series of lessons and assignments that break up the proposal into manageable weekly work. By the end of week 5, you will draft a complete proposal with regular feedback from GGC consultants. In weeks 6 through 8 of the course, you will further edit your proposal through in-person consultations and a workshop with GGC staff, as well as a one-on-one meeting with an IU faculty reviewer from a discipline different than your own.

Other course topics and assignments include:
*Learning about the SSRC IDRF program and its funding priorities
*Becoming familiar with the application process
*Reading and analyzing successful applications
*Learning to communicate scholarly ideas directly and free of jargon
*Maintaining communication with committee chairs throughout the grant-writing process

When: Monday, September 5 through the application deadline of Tuesday, November 1 (we will accept students into the course on a rolling basis)
Where: IU Canvas site
Who: Any IU graduate student at any stage of writing an SSRC IDRF proposal

Please email the IU GradGrants Center staff ( for more information and/or to notify us of your intent to participate. The SSRC IDRF Bootcamp, like all GradGrants events and services, is a free-of-charge opportunity funded by the University Graduate School.

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