SSRC – Dissertation planning funding

November 29, 2011


The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program, which supports mid-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, is now accepting applications for the 2012 fellowship cycle. This year’s program contains the following research fields, led by senior faculty spanning a variety of disciplines:

  • Governing Global Production, led by Tim Bartley (Sociology, Indiana University) and Layna Mosley (Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
  • Ecological History, led by Stevan Harrell (Anthropology, University of Washington) and Peter Perdue (History, Yale University)
  • Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights, led by Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology, Rutgers University) and Pamela Scully (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University)
  • Mediated Futures: Globalization and Historical Territories, led by William Mazzarella (Anthropology, University of Chicago) and Arvind Rajagopal (Media, Culture and Communication, New York University)
  • New Approaches to Transnationalism and Circulatory Migration (International Field), led by Emmanuel Ma Mung (Geography, University of Poitiers) and Khachig Tölölyan (English Literature, Wesleyan University)


DPDF Fellows work with senior faculty to formulate effective dissertation proposals within the context of multidisciplinary research fields. Fellows attend workshops in the spring and fall of the fellowship cycle, which provide a framework for pre-dissertation research and guide dissertation proposal writing. In the summer months between workshops, DPDF fellows carry out exploratory field research on their topics to evaluate issues of feasibility and methods of investigation. The DPDF program covers necessary costs for workshop participation and up to $5,000 for summer research.


The Fellowship competition is open to second and third year graduate students in all disciplines of the humanities and social science who are enrolled full time in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States. International fields are open to students enrolled in universities within countries of the international co-sponsoring organizations. For more information on eligibility, please visit our website.


For further information regarding the program and how to apply, please visit our website at

Program staff are available at dpdf to answer additional questions.