Two Important Fellowship Opportunities from the Social Science Research Council — open to students of all nationalities22 07 2014
The Social Science Research Council Sponsors two important fellowships for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences: the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship and the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Applicants must have advanced to candidacy (ABD status) by the time the fellowship begins, or by December 2015, whichever comes first.
Deadline: First week in November (projected — the current competition will be posted by August 11).
The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate innovative dissertation research proposals through workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship. The program seeks young scholars who are interested in strengthening their dissertation research plans through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. By the end of the fellowship, participating students will complete a draft proposal that can be reviewed with academic advisors and adapted for submission to an academic department and/or research funding agencies.
DPDF Workshops and Summer Research
During the DPDF fellowship period, fellows are required to take part in the following activities:
- Spring workshop (early June): Fellows work together to hone their research questions and design exploratory summer research plans to identify appropriate methods to answer those questions.
- Summer research (June to August): Fellows conduct a minimum of six weeks of research away from their home institutions to establish contacts, find sources, identify sites, review new literatures, and test the feasibility of their initial research questions, methods of investigation, and analytic approaches.
- Writing (late August to early September): Fellows draft dissertation research proposals, using an online and interactive DPDF writing platform to critique one another’s drafts, in preparation for the fall workshop.
- Fall workshop (mid-September): Fellows share their progress and challenges, critique one another’s latest research plans, and begin final revisions of their dissertation research proposals.
The DPDF program covers all travel, lodging, and meals expenses related to mandatory attendance at both workshops. Applicants may request up to $5,000 to support summer research expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and some necessary equipment and supplies.
Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study by the end of June 2015. Must be on track to advance to candidacy (ABD status) after the September 2015 workshop but before June 2016.
Deadline: 5 p.m., October 15.
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