DPD Student Applicants

This program aims to expand and improve formal dissertation prospectus and grant proposal development for humanities and social science doctoral students at the University of Minnesota. Twenty-four students will be selected to participate in 2022. The program includes an intensive five-day workshop in May, followed by independent student summer research, and another intensive five-day workshop in late August and early September, prior to fall research grant proposal deadlines. Students will register for a 3-credit graduate seminar in Fall 2022 as part of the program. 

In applying for this program, you are committing to attending and completing all three components: the Spring workshop, May 16-20, 2022; at least six weeks of summer exploratory research or other intellectual work aimed at developing your dissertation proposal; and the summer / Fall workshop, August 29 - September 1, followed by one Friday, September 9. You are also committing to registering for the seminar in Fall 2022. Specifically, because this program includes an intense peer engagement and review process, as well as a revision process, you will be expected to read and comment on your colleagues’ proposals and complete at least one round of revisions on your own proposal. The program provides stipends of up to $4,000 for summer research and living expenses. Both the Spring and the summer/Fall workshops will take place online.

If you become a finalist, we will request a commitment from your advisor to participate in evaluating the program.


  • Your dissertation proposal must not yet have been finalized.
  • You must register for GRAD 8401 in Fall 2022. 
    • If you are not in advanced doctoral status, your tuition would fall under general graduate tuition rates that include a 6-14 credit band for full-time registration.
    • If you are considered eligible for 8444 Advanced Doctoral Status (full-time equivalency for doctoral students, coursework and thesis credits completed), you may still apply for the DPD.
  • You must be within two semesters of when you passed your doctoral preliminary exams.
    • In other words, you should be scheduled to take them in fall of 2022 or spring of 2023, or have already taken them in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022.
  • You must have a faculty advisor by the application deadline, who will endorse your participation if you are selected to participate in the program.
  • You must be available for all dates of the Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop.
  • Students in CDES, CFANS, CLA, School of Nursing, and HHH may apply as their home units have agreed to fund tuition and the summer fellowship. Students in CEHD and CSE must confirm — before applying — with their department that it will fund tuition and summer fellowship. Students of other colleges must ask their departments whether they will participate. 


In the signature section, you will be committing to participate fully in all three parts of the program (the spring and fall workshops and the summer research) and register for a 3-credit graduate seminar in Fall 2022. You will confirm that you can attend all of the Spring Workshop: May 16-20, 2022, and the Fall Workshop: August 29 - September 1, followed by one Friday, September 9.

Contact: DPDP@umn.edu

Applications are due on Monday, March 7, 2022.