Dissertation Proposal Development Program
The College of Liberal Art’s Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) program expands and improves formal dissertation prospectus and grant proposal development for humanities and social science doctoral students at the University of Minnesota. It is modeled on the Social Science Research Council's (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development program.
In 2021, approximately 24 students will be selected to participate in the program. The program includes an intensive five-day workshop in spring, followed by independent student summer research, and another intensive five-day workshop in the late summer and early fall, prior to fall research grant proposal deadlines. Student participants receive up to $3,000 in summer research funding. Student participants must register for a 3-credit graduate seminar in fall semester as part of the program. Faculty instructors work closely with students on preparing research questions, literature reviews, identifying grant opportunities, work plans, and writing proposals and prospectuses; the students work together in peer groups as well. The goal is to increase student success in grant competitions as well as to refine a dissertation prospectus that may help the students better concentrate their efforts and reduce time to completion. The program targets students at the end of their second or third year (depending on department expectations) in graduate school, around the time when they are articulating their dissertation prospectuses.
This initiative was initially made possible in part by a grant from the Social Science Research Council, with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and with additional support from the University of Minnesota Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts.
2021 Faculty Facilitators:
- Karen Ho (Anthropology)
- Mary Jo Maynes (History)
- Shaden Tageldin (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature)
- Amit Yahav (English)