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TGS Wins Coveted SSRC Opportunity

Modified: February 3, 2017
Northwestern has been chosen by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) as one of five universities to bring together humanities and social science scholars both on campus and at peer institutions in pre-doctoral research summer institutes. Faculty from across clusters, certificates, and disciplines will actively guide 2nd and 3rd year humanities and social science PhD students in designing effective research questions, methodologies, contexts, and interventions. This opportunity builds on the SSRC’s successful Dissertation Proposal Development Program’s model, where students craft dissertation and grant research proposals. Students will participate in faculty-led workshops at the beginning and end of summer session that cap a 6-10 week research experience. Participants will 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 exciting conversations that lead to innovative dissertation projects. The DPD program will be a fantastic addition to TGS’s suite of professional development resources while providing an excellent opportunity for burgeoning scholars in the humanities and social sciences to hone their skills and develop their larger research projects. The SSRC funds supporting this undertaking originate from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The call for student applicants is coming soon for this award and there will be a short application window during winter quarter. We are looking for students in their second or third year who are prepared to research and write their dissertation prospectus or fellowship application this summer. There will be two workshops before and after the 6-10 week research trip: June 7-11, 2017 in Pittsburgh and. September 13-17, 2017 in Minneapolis.
Keep an eye out in the coming months for opportunities to become faculty workshop leaders. 
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