Northwestern University-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program​

Northwestern was chosen by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) as one of five universities to bring together humanities and social science scholars in pre-doctoral research summer institutes. Faculty from across clusters, certificates, and disciplines actively guide twelve humanities and social science PhD students, who are in their second and third years, in designing effective research questions, methodologies, contexts, and interventions. Participants gain practical, theoretical, and writing insights from experienced faculty and other students outside their disciplines. Throughout this program, students build their professional networks and audiences, benefit from interdisciplinary mentorship, and engage in conversations that lead to innovative dissertation projects.

The program will provide:

  • Up to $5,000 funding for 6-10 week summer research trip
  • Interdisciplinary and interuniversity faculty-led workshops: June 7-11, 2017 in Pittsburgh and September 13-17, 2017 in Minneapolis
  • Professional network-building opportunities while you design effective research questions, methodologies, contexts, and interventions

Eligibility: second or third year students who are prepared to research and write their dissertation prospectus or research funding proposal/fellowship application in summer 2017.