Grants, Fellowships & CFPs

2018 ISS/DHI Dissertation Workshop

Event Date: Friday, February 16th, 2018

Sponsored by: ISS/DHI

Eligible: Advanced Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities or Social Sciences at UC Davis

ISS and DHI will co-host a Dissertation Workshop on April 13 & 14, 2018 at Easton Hall Conference Center in Berkeley, CA. The workshop is open to advanced doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences at UC Davis. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018.

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When: April 13-14, 2018

Where: Easton Hall Conference Center (Berkeley, CA)

Who: Advanced doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences at UC Davis


A total of 10 students will be selected to participate in this workshop, which will be co-led by Jaimey Fisher, Director of DHI, and James Griesemer, Professor and Chair of Philosophy. All meals and lodging are included. Transportation will be coordinated for participants if they so desire.

Participants will be paired in advance and will read a selection (no more than 25 pages) of their partner’s work.  At the workshop, they will present each other’s work, followed by general discussion with the entire group. Participants will also be asked to familiarize themselves with the work of the other students (who are not their partners) ahead of time so that the discussion can be most fruitful for everyone. Although it is a retreat format (insofar as it takes place off campus, at a conference center, with lodging and meals provided), it is a workshop that requires active participation from attendees during the sessions.

The aim of the workshop is to provide feedback and guidance on student projects as well as broaden each participant’s intellectual cohort. Students from all disciplines may find that the opportunity to present their work in this interdisciplinary setting will reaffirm the cohesiveness and legibility of their research, especially to a broader audience.

The Dissertation Workshop is open to advanced graduate students from the humanities and the social sciences.  We will consider applications not only from students in the College of Letters and Science, but also from those in social sciences and humanities-related disciplines from across campus. Applicants must have their dissertation proposals approved – that is, they may not be at the proposal stage of their dissertation, but must have begun the writing process.  Similarly, applicants should be early enough in the writing process that the feedback they receive may be incorporated into their dissertation prior to final submission.

Dissertation Workshop applications must include:

  • Project Description (max. 1,500 words). Please begin this section with your name, department, and email address as a header. The narrative should include the project title, overview, methodology, and its significance to a field(s) in the humanities and/or social sciences. The proposal should be written to appeal to readers outside of the applicant’s field.  Please also include a proposed completion date for your dissertation.
  • A complete or near-complete chapter draft from your dissertation. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, you will have the chance to submit a newer version of the chapter if you have it. The chapter can be rough, but based on our past experience, participants benefit most from the workshop if they have a substantial amount of a chapter to submit.
  • A brief curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)

Please contact DHI Program Manager, Veronica Keys at should you have any questions.

Deadline: February 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

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