Are you a pre-qualifying graduate student in a social science or humanities field? Do you need funds to support preliminary, site-specific field research this coming summer? You may be eligible for a Social Science Resarch Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)! Each year, this program offers five specific program fields, and early and mid-stage graduate students compete for twelve fellowships slots in each, for a total of 60 available fellowships. In addition to receiving up to $5,000 for preliminary summer research, fellows participate in spring and fall workshops designed to help them prepare the dissertation proposal to submit to their committees and future funding proposals to support the main body of research.
Applications for the DPDF competition must be built directly around one of this year’s five program field descriptions, which are due to be announced by the end of the month (fields for the previous year’s competition were Ecological History, Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights, Governing Global Production, Mediated Futures: Globalization and Historical Territories, and New Approaches to Transnationalism and Migratory Circulation). In preparation for the release, GradFund has created an SSRC DPDF Funder Profile on our Knowledgebase to give potential Rutgers applicants all the necessary information to begin thinking about applying (create your Scarletmail account and login with your Rutgers NetID and password). Check back here or on the Knowledgebase to be the first to know when this year’s fields are announced!