FELLOWSHIPS ON CONFLICT, PEACE &
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, with margins no smaller than one inch, on single-sided, double-spaced
pages and should not exceed 10 pages.
Part 3 (the bibliography) should not exceed two single-sided, single-spaced
Proposals should be thorough and written in non-technical prose. For
further 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.
Fellowship work may also be carried out in languages other than English.
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.
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”).
(NOTE: Joint fellowship proposals must clearly identify each applicant’s
role in training and research.)
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 evidence to
be drawn on to address your central problem. Where do you intend to look
for this data/evidence? What are the methods and research operations you
will undertake to collect, analyze, or interpret that data/evidence. As
the Art of Writing Proposals says: “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, and about
the techniques you will use to analyze it,”
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.”
5. Impact. Specify how the proposed research will contribute
to knowledge, understanding, policies or practices in the field of conflict
Examples of research areas include:
Bridging of different bodies of knowledge and theory produced by researchers
working on security issues in varying countries and organizations (like
Utilizing the knowledge generated by multilateral organizations, NGOs,
and other practitioners to evaluate and rethink longer-term strategies
as well as to build new theory;
Analyzing the underlying political, economic, and cultural conditions of
conflict, insecurity, and peace and addressing relevant social transformations;
Rethinking inherited models of the state and governance that are inadequate
for understanding the complex security contexts in which more than one
type of actor operates within or across borders, whether they are public
organizations like UN agencies or private organizations like NGOs and corporations;
Making connections between different dimensions of conflict and insecurity,
such as the eco-system degradation, migration, infectious diseases, gender,
weapons proliferation, war, food supply, biodiversity, global finance and
trade, economic inequality, ethnicity, sovereignty and nationalism.
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. You may propose a preparation period
here to clarify your training needs and where the best place to train might
be. The Program Committee may also suggest an initial period of preparation,
if you have a good research idea but do not know where to train.
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. Identify the institution and individuals
with whom you have been corresponding. If you are unsure where you want
to train, you may contact Program staff for assistance. Propose a tentative
institution rather than proposing no host at all.
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.
General Application Instructions:
All documents must be submitted together in one envelope. Documents cannot
Do not staple the application.
Do not refer to attachments.
Applications will not be accepted by FAX or EMAIL.
All applications must be received by Monday, December 3, 2001
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