The Social Science Research Council is accepting applications for participation in its 2016 Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop. The workshop is designed “to create a sustained network of advanced graduate students and faculty by providing the opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on dissertations in progress,” according to the SSRC workshop announcement. Open to participants from all fields in the social sciences and humanities, the workshop will take place August 11 through August 15 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.
The workshop format has individual students lead discussions of their dissertation projects with mentor faculty and student peers from various disciplines to receive creative and critical input on improving their fieldwork plans or writing strategies. Based on narrative project descriptions submitted with their applications, participants will prepare a synthetic essay incorporating all projects, from which broader methodological and thematic discussions will be developed and incorporated into the four-day agenda. The 2016 workshop will involve up to nine students and three faculty (who will be announced at a later date).
Full-time advanced graduate students, regardless of citizenship, are eligible to take part in the workshop. Applicants must have ABD (all but dissertation) status and an approved dissertation prospectus at the time of application, but cannot have completed writing for final submission. Students who have not yet begun fieldwork, who are currently in the field, and those who are in the process of writing their dissertations are welcome to apply. Special consideration will be given to students from universities that are not major Korean studies institutions.
Travel stipends will be available, and the SSRC will fully cover participants’ lodging and meals for the duration of the workshop. Limited funds are available for participants traveling from outside the United States. Funding for the program is provided by the Academy of Korean Studies.
The deadline for applications is Friday, May 1, 2016. Applications must include a narrative description of the dissertation topic, a short application form, and a letter of recommendation from the student’s primary adviser. The application forms and further information are available from the SSRC Web site.