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Graduate Student International Travel Awards – Apply by Feb. 22

The Division of International Studies is pleased to announce a competition for graduate student international field research awards. These awards would enable Ph.D. students to conduct exploratory research abroad in order to develop their dissertation topics and be more competitive for extramural fellowships. A two-step application procedure will take place. Students will apply to one of the International Institute’s area studies/member programs: African Studies, East Asian Studies, The European Studies Alliance, Global Studies, Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, Middle East Studies, Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, and The Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy. Member programs will review their applications and nominate up to two finalists for consideration by the Division of International Studies selection committee.

Graduate applicants should submit a two page research proposal, budget, and a letter of support from his or her advisor to the appropriate member program. Application materials should be submitted by noon on Friday, February 22nd 2008. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain a copy of their advisor’s letter of support and to deliver all application materials to the appropriate member program. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Awardees will be selected on the basis of academic merit, feasibility of the proposed project and budget, and potential to attract subsequent external funding for dissertation research and/or writing. Although the committee will give due attention to regional and disciplinary balance, there is no expectation that a nominee from each program will receive an award each year.

The competition is limited to Ph.D. students only but those from all program stages (i.e. dissertator and non-dissertator) are welcome to apply.

Applicants will be notified on or before April 1st, 2008.

For questions and additional information, please contact the member program to which you will apply or Erika Robb at the Division of International Studies, academicspa@international.wisc.edu

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