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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.

Spring 2020 DWI Status: The Institute will take place online during the Spring 2020 term.

Participants during the Spring 2020 term are asked to work for at least six consecutive hours each week-day during the eight weeks of the program. Students participate in remote group discussions, where they share their writing electronically and receive feedback in workshops via communication platforms such as Zoom, Blue Jeans, or Google Meet. In addition, participants receive individual, online writing consultations with a Sweetland faculty member. Participants may not hold another position during the eight-week period of the Institute and must work exclusively 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

Nominations for Spring 2021 are closed. Department nominations for Spring 2021 are due in January 2021. 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 has passed.

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.