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HSTRY 572 A: Dissertation Prospectus Workshop

Meeting Time: 
M 1:30pm - 3:20pm
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Jordanna Bailkin
Jordanna Bailkin

Syllabus Description:


Spring 2021

Jordanna Bailkin (

Mondays, 1:30-3:20 (synchronous)


Welcome! In this course, you will develop a dissertation proposal that can be used to fulfill History's prospectus requirement and that will help you in applying for external funding opportunities for research and fellowships. We will focus on crafting proposals that are clear and engaging to scholars in one's specific field as well as far beyond.

Mastering the craft of writing a strong research proposal will help you in your graduate career and afterwards. Grantwriting skills are vital for success in many positions in academia, government and non-profit work, and business.

In our meetings, we will discuss the process of developing a proposal. We will also share and workshop drafts, and will have each class member give a presentation of their proposal. Students will be expected to solicit feedback on drafts from their advisors and other committee members.

For the full syllabus, course readings, and assignments, please see the Canvas Modules.

This is an unusual year, and I know that many of you are facing unprecedented challenges. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way, even if just by listening. The Department of History has also compiled the following guide to resources to help with a variety of issues, from financial to emotional:


Catalog Description: 
Students will craft their dissertation prospectuses with their respective PhD chairs and committees, that must approve the prospectus before it is presented to the History Department. In addition to fulfilling a departmental requirement, students can use the prospectus as a component for future funding and employment applications. Credit/no-credit only.
Last updated: 
January 23, 2021 - 2:10am