Funding: 2014 SSRC DPDF Student Fellowship Competition

money [150-2]The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Student Fellowship Competition is organized to help graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective research proposals through scholarly exchange within interdisciplinary areas of study and exploratory summer research.

Deadline: February 3, 2014

Research Fields
Students may apply to participate in one of the six interdisciplinary research fields offered this year, led by the following senior faculty:

Immigrants and their Homeland Connections: Transnationalism in Historical Perspective, led by Roger Waldinger (Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles) and Nancy Green (History, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sciences Sociales).

Making the Biotech Body: Technologies, Knowledge, and Global Markets, led by Karen-Sue Taussig (Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and Susan Lindee (History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania).

Modernity and Autochthony: The Question of Land-Based Group Identity, led by Vincent Pecora (English, University of Utah) and Peter Geschiere (Anthropology, University of Amsterdam).

Oceanic Studies: Seas as Sites and Subjects of Interdisciplinary Inquiry, led by Brenda Chalfin (Anthropology, University of Florida) and Gaurav Desai (English, Tulane University).

State Building and Governance in Retrospect and Prospect, led by Andrew Schrank (Sociology & Political Science, University of New Mexico) and Marcus Kurtz (Political Science, Ohio State University).

Development and Migration (International Field), led by Ron Skeldon (Geography, University of Sussex) and Josh DeWind (Program Director, SSRC).

Fellowship Terms
Student fellows must attend spring and fall workshops led by faculty research directors and conduct at least 6 weeks of summer research. The spring workshop prepares students to undertake summer research and familiarizes students with the interdisciplinary research field. The fall workshop helps students apply their summer research experiences to the development of their dissertation and funding proposals.
Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs. Travel and accommodations to attend both workshops are covered by the DPDF Program.

All research fields in this year’s Student Fellowship Competition are open to pre-ABD doctoral students who are enrolled full time in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States. The international field is also open to first year doctoral students enrolled in universities within the United Kingdom. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines are welcome to apply. For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our website.

For further information regarding the program and how to apply, please visit our website
Program staff are available at to answer additional questions.

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program
Social Science Research Council
1 Pierrepont Plaza, 15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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