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December 19, 2008

Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations 2009-2010 Call for Applications

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a not-for-credit seminar for master's students and doctoral students at the pre-candidacy level intending to pursue field-based research outside the United States.

This seminar is open to students in the early stages of graduate training with interests in international and area studies who can demonstrate goals of completing training and research through the doctorate. Graduate students from across disciplines are invited to apply.

The Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations offers students the opportunity to develop theses projects, pre-dissertation proposals, and dissertation prospectuses with their peers, in an interdisciplinary setting. The goals of the seminar include:
• Increasing students' capacity for understanding research designs and systems of evidence developed in other professions and disciplines
• Examining issues of ethics and values in the development and conduct of cross-cultural and cross-national research
• Encouraging high-level critical discussion of methodology and epistemology
• Discussing different qualities and characteristics of data in international research.

The seminar will meet 5-7 times a term for two-hour sessions on Friday afternoons, which will be organized around the discussion of presentations by participating students. Several sessions will also be devoted to the discussion of papers, research proposals, and faculty and visitor presentations.

Each student admitted to GSGT will have access to a restricted research fund of up to $4,500, to be used for a preliminary visit to the prospective foreign research site and for specialized language training necessary for dissertation research.

Students must commit to participating in the seminar for three terms, and will be expected to make a presentation to the group following their research trip, and to discuss methodology, challenges, and results with seminar participants. Participants must also submit a brief written report (1-2 pages) within four weeks after completing field research.

Applications must include—4 hard copies of the following:
 Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
 2-3-page letter that addresses the student’s research topic
 Two letters of support from a faculty advisor and/or departmental director of graduate studies
 Official transcript of grades
Members of the CICS advisory board will determine admission to the GSGT program.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by 5pm (for admission to the seminar in September 2009)

Contact Folaké Graves at Tel: 734.764.3149 or Email: fograves@umich.edu

Posted by zzhu at December 19, 2008 01:18 PM