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Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop

An opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on dissertations in progress

Not currently accepting applications.

KSDW Participants

The SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop seeks 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. The workshop is open to participants from all fields in the social sciences and humanities. Individual students lead discussions of their 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 as part of the application packet, 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 2015 workshop will take place Thursday, August 6 through Monday, August 10 at the University of California at Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California, and will involve twelve students and four faculty.

This year's faculty mentors are:
  • Hae Yeon Choo, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto
  • Namhee Lee, Associate Professor, History, University of California, Los Angeles;
  • Yoonkyung Lee, Associate Professor, Political Science/Sociology, State University of New York, Binghamton; and
  • Laura Nelson, Associate Professor, Anthropology/Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

The workshop welcomes applications from students who have not yet begun fieldwork, who are currently in the field, and those who are in the process of writing their dissertations. In most cases, the SSRC will fully cover participants' travel, 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 Korea Foundation.


Eligibility and Application

  • Full-time advanced graduate students, regardless of citizenship, are eligible for 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.
  • Special consideration will be given to students from universities that are not major Korean Studies institutions.

A narrative description of the dissertation topic, short application form, and a letter of recommendation from the student's primary advisor are required as part of the application.  

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015.

Fellowships Manager; Assistant Director
Nicole Restrick Levit