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How to apply for the Dissertation Writing Retreat


Applications must be emailed to Katie Levin at no earlier than Monday, March 20, and no later than Friday, April 7, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Central time. The application consists of the following three parts:

From your advisor

  • a brief email (one or two sentences) endorsing your participation in the retreat. This email should be sent directly from your advisor to Katie Levin at

From you

  • a statement (no longer than one single-spaced page) in response to the following prompt:┬áDuring this retreat, you will be participating in a structured community of dissertators from across the disciplines, with access to support from writing consultants. How might this be different from your current writing practice, and how might it contribute to your making progress on your dissertation?
  • an abstract of your dissertation (no longer than two single-spaced pages). Because so much of the retreat is devoted to sustained writing (rather than research) time, writers whose prospectuses have not yet been approved by their departments or who still need to complete fieldwork should wait until next year to apply.

Selection criteria

  • Our goal is to accept fifteen participants from a wide variety of disciplines. Our first consideration will be the quality of each application; ultimately, in the event of numerous highly competitive applications, we will favor applications representing candidates from a diversity of disciplines to enrich the retreat.
  • Applications from writers who have not won Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships or Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships in previous years will be favored over applications from those who have previously won Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships or Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships.


Interested? Questions?

Applicants will be notified of their status by 5 pm Central time on Thursday, April 20. If you have any other questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to get in touch with Katie Levin (; 612.624.7720).

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