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International Predissertation Fellowship Program

With funding from the Ford Foundation, this joint SSRC/ACLS program is designed to increase the flow of talented graduate students in the social sciences into research and teaching careers oriented to the developing world and to encourage the pursuit of context-sensitive social science. The program is aimed primarily at graduate students in economics, political science, psychology and sociology, but is open to students in other social science disciplines as well.In addition to the individual training fellowships, the program invites fellows to participate in a conference with other fellows and, in some instances, in a region-specific workshop with graduate students in the developing world. Conferences and workshops promote multidisciplinary dialogue on theoretical and methodological issues on an international scale, and encourage international cooperation and collaboration. The Council also seeks ways to incorporate the fellows into its other ongoing internationally-oriented research workshops and conferences.

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International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program

The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program provides support for social scientists and humanists to conduct dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. Funds are provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowships will enable doctoral candidates of proven achievement and outstanding potential to use their knowledge of distinctive areas, cultures, languages, economies, polities and historical experiences, in combination with their disciplinary training, to address issues that transcend their disciplines or area specializations. Fellows will participate in multidisciplinary workshops upon completion of field research. Workshops will highlight fellows┬╣ research agendas and address themes that resonate across cultures and regions. They are intended to facilitate networks and cross-disciplinary exchanges, and to help fellows engage in issues beyond their doctoral research.

Program Scope

The IDRF program helps promising scholars launch their careers with substantive knowledge about societies, cultures, economies and/or polities outside the United States. It promotes scholarship that treats place and setting in relation to global and transnational phenomena as well as particular histories and cultures. The program operates on the premise that societies and cultures, from isolated villages to entire world regions, are caught up in processes that link them to events which, though geographically distant, are culturally, economically, strategically or ecologically quite near.

Eligibility and Terms

The program is open to full-time graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, regardless of citizenship, enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. The program invites proposals for field research on all areas or regions of the world, as well as for research that is comparative, cross-regional and/or cross-cultural. Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements except the fieldwork component by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2001, whichever comes first. Proposals that identify the US as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that require no field research outside the United States are not eligible. Standard fellowships will provide support for 9 to 12 months of field research and related expenses, but will rarely exceed $18,000. In exceptional circumstances the candidate may propose to do less than 9 months of fieldwork, but no award will be given for less than 6 months of fieldwork. The fellowship must be held for a single continuous period within the 18 months between July 2001 and December 2002.

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be assessed in terms of the probability that the proposed research can inform debates that go beyond the specific topic and place chosen for study. Applications should exhibit a grounding in the methods and theories of a particular discipline or sub discipline, but must also be of demonstrable cross-disciplinary interest. Applications should specify why an extended period of field-based research is critical to the successful completion of the proposed doctoral dissertation. The research design of proposals should be realistic in scope, clearly formulated and responsive to theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training and skill to undertake the proposed field research, including evidence of an adequate degree of language fluency. For Additional Information contact the Social Science Research Council

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International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program

In order to encourage humanistic research in area studies, special funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the ACLS has been set aside for approximately eight ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships to be designated among the successful applicants to the central ACLS Fellowship competition. Scholars who are at least two years beyond the Ph.D. may apply for 6-12 month fellowships to pursue research and writing on the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, the Near and Middle East, Latin America, East Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Further information, eligibility guidelines and application forms are available from the Office of Fellowships and Grants, ACLS, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398; e-mail; fax: (212) 949-8058.

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