Brown University Proquest Dissertations


Submission Overview

Once you have successfully defended your dissertation you are ready to begin the ETD process:
RegistrationEnter contact information at in order to be entered in the system. You must have a Brown Username and Password in order to register. You may edit this contact information at any time.
Dissertation MetadataEnter title, abstract, pagination, keywords, advisor(s) information. This information will be used to catalog your dissertation.
Manuscript PreparationSee the Graduate School's Dissertation Guidelines in order to properly format your dissertation. The same guidelines apply to the electronic version of your dissertation.
Conversion to PDFYour electronic dissertation should be a single PDF file.
PDF Upload & SubmissionYou will have an opportunity to view your uploaded file before you submit it to the Graduate School. If there is a problem with the PDF you can delete it and try again. You will receive an email confirmation from the Graduate School when you submit your dissertation. If there are formatting or other problems you will be given an opportunity to resubmit a revised PDF.
Signature, Title, Abstract PagesThese documents must be delivered to the Graduate School:
SurveysPlease complete these surveys:
ReceiptsPlease deliver these receipts indicating payment of fees to the Graduate School:
  • A receipt from the Cashier's Office indicating that the $50 dissertation fee has been paid (this fee helps pay for indexing, and archival storage of the dissertation).
  • A receipt (white) from the Bursar indicating that all outstanding debts have been paid.
PublicationYou will be notified by email once your ETD is approved. Your digital dissertation will be archived in the Brown Digital Repository (BDR). A permanent URL will be available for your resume.


Ph.D. candidates at Brown must file their dissertations electronically. Brown's electronic theses and dissertation (ETD) system was developed by the Graduate School and the University Library and launched in 2008. The system is designed to collect and archive the final dissertation as a text-based PDF file.

To complete the submission process doctoral candidates must have successfully defended their dissertation and had it approved by their committee. To use the ETD system, doctoral candidates must also be actively enrolled and possess a valid username and password for accessing Brown's computer network. If you are unable to create an account in the system and wish to submit, please contact for assistance.

Electronic dissertations submitted through this process will appear and be archived in the Brown Digital Repository (BDR).

A searchable historical database of information about Brown University theses and dissertations from 1893 to 2000 is available.

After you successfully defend your dissertation you may begin the electronic submission process.


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