Doctoral Level

I. Doctoral-Level Application Guidelines


The purpose of these fellowships is to produce new knowledge and ways of thinking in the fields of conflict, peace and social transformations. The Program on Global Security and Cooperation believes that this new knowledge will best be generated through collaboration between academics and practitioners, and between individuals from different countries. The fellowship supports training and research activities designed to create new skills and stimulate interaction between individuals working in different institutional and national environments. The objective of the fellowship program is to produce a cohort of innovative thinkers and decision-makers in the field of security studies who have integrated knowledge from academic and practical settings, and to encourage innovative policies and practices in this area.

As part of the application process, applicants should design their own collaborative training and research program. Collaboration means working within an institution and developing new relationships that facilitate innovative training and research; it does not mean a joint application. Below is an explanation of the two types of collaboration open to applicants:


There are no citizenship, residency, or nationality requirements. At the doctoral student level:


II. Application Materials

To apply for these fellowships, you must submit the following:

 Application Form (A) (THREE COPIES)
 Information Form (B) (THREE COPIES)
 Personal Information Form (C) (THREE COPIES)
 Reference Forms (D)
THREE (3) letters of reference are required for each applicant. Referees may be academic professionals, employers, supervisors, or work associates.  Letters must be sealed with the referee’s signature over the seal and included in the same envelope with your application.
 Language Competence Evaluation Form (E)
If you are not a native speaker of English and did not complete undergraduate or postgraduate studies at an English-speaking university, and/or if you are proposing to do field research in a language other than your native tongue, you will need to have a certified instructor assess your language ability.
 Proposal and Bibliography  - see Proposal Instructions (THREE COPIES)
 Curriculum Vitae/ Resume (THREE COPIES)
Each applicant should include a CV, of no-more than three pages, specifying: current address and contact information; personal and professional experience relevant to conflict and peace processes; education; professional positions and responsibilities; languages and level of proficiency in each; and recent publications
 Writing Sample  (for example: published article, report, chapter of dissertation, etc.)
Official transcripts from all your colleges, professional schools and/or universities are required. The Registrar should seal the transcript in an envelope, sign across the seal and then return it to you. If the University will not release the transcript to you, please make a note of this in your application and have the official transcripts sent to the Program on Global Security & Cooperation.
 Acknowledgement/ Verification of Materials Card
Please write your address on the front of this card. This card will be sent to you when we receive your application. If you are using a downloaded version of the form, please include a self-addressed postcard.

III. General Application Instructions

Please type or computer print the application.

The original and THREE COPIES of the application forms A-D,
The original and THREE COPIES of the proposal,
The original and THREE COPIES of the CV,
Originals only of: the recommendations, the Language Evaluation Form, the writing sample, the transcript and the verification card.

IV. Announcement of Awards

The 2001 Fellowships on Conflict, Peace and Social Transformations will be announced during June 2001. A list of fellows will be published on the web site (ssrc.org).

V.  Proposal Instructions – Doctoral Level

The proposal consists of Part 1: Research Project, Part 2: Training Program, and Part 3: Bibliography. Parts 1 and 2 should be typewritten in a font no smaller than 12 points, including notes, with margins no smaller than one inch, on single-sided, double-spaced pages and should not exceed 3000 words. Part 3 (the bibliography) should not exceed two single-sided, single-spaced pages.

Proposals should be thorough and written in non-technical prose. For suggestions on proposal writing, visit our website (www.ssrc.org) and look for The Art of Writing Proposals, a short guide by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon.

Although English is preferred, proposals may be submitted in other languages. In the case of proposals not written in English, the applicant is responsible for providing a high quality translation in English. Applicants should beware that translation errors or misinterpretations may render the proposal far less competitive than it would be otherwise.

Proposals will be returned if they do not meet these specifications.

I. Research Project

Your proposal should contain the following information. Each section should begin on a separate page with a clear heading (e.g., “Description”).

1. Description. Provide a description of your overall topic.
2. Problem. Specify the central problem your project addresses.  What are the crucial research questions, puzzles, or hypotheses?
3. Methodology. Describe the data sources and/or knowledge to be drawn on to address your central problem. Where do you intend to look for this data/knowledge? What are the methods and research operations you will undertake to collect, analyze, or interpret that data/knowledge. “Do not just tell what you mean to achieve, tell how you will spend your time while doing it…a methodology is not just a list of research tasks but an argument as to why these tasks add up to the best attack on the problem…Be as specific as you possibly can about the activities you plan to undertake to collect information, about the techniques you will use to analyze it, and about the test of validity to which you commit yourself.” (The Art of Writing Proposals)
4. Context. Set your research question in the context of existing work or research in the topic area (if any). “Help your reader understand where the problem intersects the main…debates in your field and show how this inquiry puts established ideas to the test or offers new ones.” (ibid)
5. Impact. Specify how the proposed research will contribute to knowledge, understanding, policies or practices in the field of conflict and peace.

Issues you should think about:

II. Training Program

Please describe your proposed collaborative training program by answering the following questions:
1. Explain the intellectual background and preparation that you bring to the research and training program.
2. Explain why this particular collaborative training is necessary for your proposed research and how it will contribute to your intellectual and professional development.
3. Describe what activities this collaborative training will involve and where you propose to train.

Issues you should think about:

III. Bibliography

Please include a bibliography not to exceed 2 pages single-spaced.  You may include materials cited directly in the main body of your proposal, as well as general references relevant to your project and the bodies of knowledge that your project addresses.