Center seeks faculty facilitators for dissertation development program

Deadline for letters of interest is June 30, 2017

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies invites letters from faculty interested in serving as facilitators for the Einaudi-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program (DPDP) in 2017–18. The DPDP is a campus-wide effort supported by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to help doctoral students design competitive dissertation proposals for their international research.

The faculty facilitators will co-teach a spring 2018 seminar on interdisciplinary theory and method to 12 competitively selected students in the humanities and social sciences. They will also lead week-long workshops on dissertation proposal development in the spring and fall of 2018.

The spring workshop (likely in May) will help the students refine their proposals and plan their summer pre-dissertation research. The students will receive up to $5,000 each for their summer research. The fall workshop (likely in September) will help them finalize their proposals. 

The facilitators will maintain contact with the students using online tools, and will help them plan a fall showcase where they will present their work. The faculty members will receive a $5,000 stipend as well as one course release to co-teach the spring seminar.

If you are interested, please send an email to program leaders Hirokazu Miyazaki, Professor of Anthropology, and Wendy W. Wolford, Professor of Development Sociology. Ideally, the two facilitators will come from different disciplines and colleges. We encourage joint applications, although we recommend discussing joint proposals with either of the program leaders beforehand.

The deadline for letters is June 30, 2017.

The letter of interest should:

  • List relevant teaching and mentoring experience, including any workshops or seminars you have led related to dissertation proposal development and/or methods.
  • List of current and recent PhD dissertations you have supervised. If you have not supervised a dissertation within the past five years, please list current and recent dissertations for which you have served as an advisor and/or played an active role.
  • Describe any specific activities, exercises, and assignments you might propose for the spring seminar or spring/fall workshops.
  • Explain how the program activities will contribute to the development of successful dissertation proposals.
  • Confirm that your department chair approves of your application and will provide one course release for your participation in this program.
  • Optional: propose one or two thematic or methodological foci for the training program.

If you have questions, please contact Heike Michelsen, Associate Director for Academic Programming, at