Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m not entering my 3rd or 4th year, am I still eligible to apply?
Students applying to the program should be conducting (or preparing to conduct) original research. Since one of the program’s aims is to “accelerate your original research” and help you move more quickly through the formal requirements of your program, it’s important that you have major original research projects that you are actively working on. It’s also important that these are projects that would benefit from workshopping sessions with other graduate students from various disciplines. If you meet these requirements, you’re eligible to apply, even if you’re not entering the 3rd of 4th year of your program.

Under “eligibility” on your website it says candidates should be in their 3rd or 4th year or “at an equivalent dissertation writing stage.” What does that mean?
See above. In short: it means that you should be conducting original research that would benefit from workshopping sessions with an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students. Some programming will also be aimed at helping you through the writing process itself, so students in the program should be working on at least some writing projects related to their dissertation or original research.

How much time will I have to commit to this program?
Members of the cohort will be expected to attend weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. They will also be expected to attend communications training retreats at the beginning of each semester (2-3 days each), and week-long writing “bootcamps” over the fall and spring breaks. They will be invited to optional NDIAS social events (fall and spring receptions, dinners with Faculty Fellows, etc.). See here for a more systematic overview of the programming.

Is the program funded?
Cohort members will receive a $400 research stipend, but the program will not replace or buy-out any existing sources of funding. (This means that obligations associated with department funded stipends, e.g., will still be in place.)

How much will my advisor have to be involved in this process if I’m selected into this cohort?
Advisor support is important for success in the program, and you will be asked to meet once with your advisor to set and discuss reasonable research goals for the semester. Beyond that, your advisor need not be formally involved in any aspect of the program.