UC Santa Cruz is one of five universities nationwide selected by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to be part of its new University Initiative program.
The goal of the project is to provide resources to develop new interdisciplinary programs that will strengthen the training of humanities, arts, and social science graduate students in preparing effective dissertational research proposals.
UC Santa Cruz has received a $191,000 grant to support a new SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program, hosted by the Institute for Humanities Research in conjunction with the Division of Graduate Studies.
The program seeks to bridge a persistent gap between the university’s broad support of interdisciplinary scholarship and the ability of doctoral students to learn how to apply these approaches—particularly in the early stages of their graduate careers.
“UC Santa Cruz’s program will provide doctoral students with extra training and support at a critical transition point in their career–as they make the shift from coursework and exploratory research to independent, original research,” noted Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Tyrus Miller, the lead administrator for the new partnership.