SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF ) Program. The program is open to all students, regardless of citizenship, who are currently matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited institution in the United States. 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.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonpro?t organization founded in 1923. SSRC has been in operation for more than ninety years.


  • Applicants must be currently matriculated in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States.
  • Applicants may be US citizens or noncitizens.
  • Progress within graduate program:
  1. Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study (MA and/or PhD) by the end of June 2016.

2.  Applicants must be on track to obtain approval of their dissertation proposals after the September 2016 DPDF          workshop but before the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • Applicants must commit to attend the spring and fall workshops in their entirety and to conduct at least six weeks of summer research away from their home institutions between the 2016 spring and fall workshops.
  • Students who have already submitted dissertation research proposals to their departments for approval or to funding agencies for support of their dissertation research are not eligible to apply to the DPDF Program.
  • Students who have sought funding in order to implement a research design or plan for their dissertation research are not eligible to apply to the DPDF Program.

How to Apply:

The candidates can apply directly to the program using the online application that is available on the SSRC website. The candidates must firstly login themselves through the given link:

Supporting Material:

  • Unofficial transcripts from all graduate schools the applicant has attended or currently attends;
  • A reference form, which must be completed and submitted through the application portal by the applicant’s primary advisor or, if the applicant does not have an advisor, by the faculty member most familiar with the applicant’s academic training and research interests.

Submitting Details:

Once you have completed the application, you can submit it on-line.

Award Amount:

The DPDF program covers all travel, lodging, and meals expenses related to mandatory attendance workshops. Applicants may request up to $5,000 to support summer research expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and some necessary equipment and supplies.

Application Deadline:

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship deadline is October 15th 2015.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If the candidates have any problem, they can contact to:


Pin It on Pinterest