Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop
For pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations.
May 20–26, 2018, Howard University, Washington, DC
Call for Applications
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and the Center on Race and Wealth (CRW) at Howard University, are calling for applications for the second annual Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop, to be held at Howard University in Washington, DC, from May 20–26, 2018.
This week-long workshop is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations who are studying topics related to poverty or inequality in the United States. The workshop is designed to help provide students the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to prepare a dissertation proposal. Funding is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of IRP’s National Poverty Research Center award.
Participants are mentored in preparing a rigorous dissertation proposal, including crafting a clear problem statement, purpose, research questions, and hypotheses; writing a succinct literature review; strong methodology section, which describes the research design and its rationale; and clear, logical, and feasible empirical strategy. The training includes diverse research methods, formulation of research questions and associated hypotheses, databases and their construction and availability, and quantitative and qualitative methods for hypothesis testing. By the end of the workshop, participants will have planned their research proposal and received feedback from faculty to refine it for the purposes of seeking funding or developing their dissertation.
How to Apply: Applicants should submit a brief letter of interest describing their research aims and what they hope to learn from the workshop. A letter of recommendation from their primary advisor is also required and will be solicited directly by the CRW and IRP, upon provision of the advisor’s name and email address by the applicant. Applicants must be pre-dissertation proposal doctoral students from underrepresented racial or ethnic populations (Black, Hispanic, Native American) studying topics related to poverty or inequality in the United States.
Funding for travel, meals, and lodging at Howard University (for students residing outside of the DC area) will be provided to 12 successful applicants.
Applications are due January 31, 2018 and should be submitted through the online application form. We anticipate notifying all applicants of their application status by March 1, 2018.
Questions should be directed to Dr. Janet Griffin-Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org.