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Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop

The 2018 RIGS Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Announcement and Call for Proposals

The Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality (RIGS) Studies Initiative presents the RIGS Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF). The DPDF Fellowship encourages applications from students from underrepresented groups and whose research engages broadly with issues of inequality with an intensive week-long dissertation proposal workshop in June 2018. In addition, we will award a $1000 stipend/fellowship.

Our focus is to support graduate students, approximately in their second to fourth years of graduate study, who are in the middle of developing their dissertation proposals. In this inaugural year, we are looking for projects in the humanities, education, policy, and the social sciences, that are committed to addressing and engaging with some of the most pressing socio-economic issues and inequalities of our time.

The RIGS DPDF workshop will run from June 11, 2018 through June 15, 2018, and active participation in this workshop is a requirement of the fellowship.

During this workshop, you will engage in the following:

  • Meet in pre-assigned, interdisciplinary small groups of graduate fellows to workshop proposals with faculty “research directors” (RD’s)/mentors
  • Meet with faculty RDs/mentors throughout the week to further develop your dissertation proposal
  • Learn more about the dissertation proposal process and grant writing
  • Interact with RIGS affiliated faculty and staff across the University of Minnesota, as well as various Institutes and Centers across campus
  • Build relationships with graduate students and faculty outside of your program

Application Opens: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Application Extended Until: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5:00PM 

Notification: April 2, 2018

Fellowship Begins: Monday, June 11, 2018

Please submit the following to

  • Dissertation Proposal Draft: (2 single-spaced pages) In addition to the brief, 2-page proposal, include a 1 page bibliography. (Note that this proposal is meant to be a tentative draft; the point of this workshop is to help you develop the proposal).
  • “Social Justice” Statement: (1 single-spaced page) A statement on your research’s intellectual engagement with, and commitment to addressing socio-economic inequalities
  • Current CV
  • One Faculty Letter of Recommendation

For questions, please email Sara Cronquist at

This fellowship is sponsored by the Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality (RIGS) Studies Initiative; CLA Office for Research and Graduate education; CEHD Office of Graduate and Professional Programs and Office of Undergraduate Programs, Diversity, and Equity.