The 2019 workshop will take place Monday, August 12 through Thursday, August 15 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.

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 questions and comments on all projects, from which broader methodological and thematic discussions will be developed and incorporated into the three-day agenda.

This year's faculty mentors are:

Juhn Ahn, University of Michigan

Jiyeon Kang, University of Iowa

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. To the extent its budget allows, SSRC will cover all travel to the workshop. SSRC will also 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.

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 letter of recommendation from the student's primary adviser are required as part of the application.

Learn more about the workshop and the experiences of past participants here.




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