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Dissertation Writing Institute

The Dissertation Writing Institute is for graduate students whose research is complete or nearly complete, who have conceptualized the principal elements of the dissertation, and who have already begun to write the dissertation.

Participants attend the Institute for at least six hours each day during the eight weeks of the Spring term. Sweetland provides a computer, if needed, and work space where students can leave books and other materials. Students participate in group discussions, where they share their writing and receive feedback. In addition, participants receive individual writing consultations with a Sweetland faculty member. Participants may not hold another position during the eight-week period of the Institute and must work full time on their dissertations.

University Record article highlighting the 10th anniversary of the Dissertation Writing Institute.

Department Nomination

Department Chairs and Directors nominate up to four advanced graduate students who they believe will benefit by participating in this Institute. The nomination, containing the following information, should be emailed to Laura Schuyler

  1. Student's name(s) and email address
  2. Dissertation Chair's name(s) and email address

Department nominations for Spring 2020 are due Wednesday, January 29th. These students will then be contacted by Sweetland and asked to apply.

Student Application Materials

  1. Application cover sheet (download .docx)
  2. Letter explaining the nature and scope of the applicant's dissertation, its current state and why/how the applicant would benefit from the Institute
  3. Dissertation chapter
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Recommendation letter from the Dissertation Chair

Application deadline for Spring 2020 is Wednesday, February 12th.

Departments should coordinate with students to submit a hard copy of the application to Sweetland Center for Writing, 1310 North Quad.

You will be notified by March 9th, 2020, if you have been accepted.

The Dissertation Writing Institute is supported by the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, the Rackham Graduate School, and the Sweetland Center for Writing.