In 2017, the Mellon Foundation awarded GSAS a $700,000 renewal of the original grant to promote interdisciplinarity in doctoral programs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. In addition to substantial funding for dissertation research and the dissertation-year fellowships, the grant supports an interdisciplinary prospectus seminar. The grant is designed to promote interdisciplinary training and research, and the prospectus seminar is central to that mission. 

What is the Prospectus Seminar

The Mellon Interdisciplinary Dissertation Prospectus Seminar is a year-long, non-credit seminar that meets about every other week. Students in the seminar share drafts of their dissertation prospectuses and receive feedback from the other participants and the two faculty facilitators, Professor ChaeRan Freeze (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies) and Professor David Sherman (English). PhD students in the humanities or humanistic social sciences who are preparing or have recently presented a prospectus will receive from this course valuable interdisciplinary input to their dissertations. Some preference will be given to Prospectus Seminar participants in the competition for the other Mellon grants. 

Seminar Dates/Time/Location

All sessions will meet on Thursdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Mandel Humanities Center, Room 228. Students who enroll in the seminar must commit to attending it as a regular course.