The Institute of International Studies (IIS) will grant a number of fellowships of up to $10,000 for fieldwork. In line with the Institute’s mission to support international and comparative research at U.C. Berkeley, projects should be international and/or comparative in nature, and/or involve substantial research outside of the United States. Fellowship funds are intended to support travel, lodging, and research-related expenditures for a graduate student who is conducting research away from campus. International students enrolled in doctoral programs at U.C. Berkeley are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to international students who cannot apply for other sources of funding within the United States. Students will not be eligible to receive award funds unless they have advanced to candidacy.
Within the broad category of international/comparative studies, the Institute of International Studies has identified five topics that take priority. While special consideration will be given to proposals addressing one or more of these topics, proposals on other themes will also be considered. The five priority topics include:
1. Transnational and global economic processes (such as major changes in the global economy), including the implications of regional and global trade organizations such as GATT, NAFTA, and WTO for international trade, patterns of foreign direct investment among the developed countries, U.S.-China economic relations, relations between BRICs and the U.S. and E.U., the emergence of new fora such as the G20, growing challenges for the EU, the integration of developing economies and Eastern bloc economies into world trade and capital markets, the dynamics of market transitions, and global financial regulation.
2. International peace and security issues (such as the search for new security definitions) that address problems including regional conflict, and the struggle over resources; arms trade, proliferation, and conversion; the domestic roots of international behavior; cooperation and the building of new international institutions; multilateralism in the post-Cold War period; and terrorism and counterinsurgency campaigns.
3. International environmental issues and prospects for sustainable development, including the implications of changing technologies for both the development and resolution of global environmental problems; the political ecology of development in particular regions of the world, climate change, and alternative local and global institutional structures for a new international order to reverse the deterioration of the global environment.
4. International demographic trends, including demographic transitions, rapid urbanization, internal and international migration, reproductive rights and the economics of population growth relevant to substantive theoretical areas in anthropology, economics, history, sociology, and international relations.
5. Comparative development and modernities involving the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and political change and the development of civil society in regions such as Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Western Europe, and the republics of the former Soviet Union.