Ssrc Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop

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Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2016

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty. Up to six recent PhDs conducting research on Korea will be selected on the basis of the potential contribution of their proposed book.

Fellows will attend a three-day workshop and collaborate with two senior faculty and a developmental editor on the conceptualization and planning of a dissertation-based scholarly monograph. Travel stipends will be made 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 workshop is provided by the Academy for Korean Studies.

The 2016 workshop will take place the evening of Thursday, August 11 through the morning of Monday, August 15 at the Asilomar Conference Groundsin Pacific Grove, California.

This year's faculty mentors and developmental editor will be announce shortly.


Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by December 31, 2015, with a critical mass of their first book manuscript complete (such as the introduction and two substantive chapters). Applicants in tenure-stream positions are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit the following documents to and indicate “Last Name, First Name - Junior Faculty Workshop” in the subject line. See sidebar for downloadable application documents.


  • Cover letter assessing your own progress and statement of need
  • Application form
  • Up to five-page book prospectus, single-spaced
  • Narrative chapter outline (as detailed in “Sample Chapter Outline")
  • One-page list of published works that are relevant to your manuscript
  • Two-page CV

All sections of the application must be collated as a continuous .pdf document, no more than 500 KB, arranged in the order listed above.  Once you have submitted your application, a receipt of notification will be emailed to you. 

Not currently accepting applications.


Washington, DC, March 19-22, 2018 - Medicine, Science, and Technology in the Study of Asian Pasts and Presents 

Application Deadline: January 8, 2018

The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce the AAS Dissertation Workshop. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the AAS annual conference in Washington, DC.

Interests in the interdisciplinary studies of science, technology, and medicine have expanded in the last twenty years, raising new questions in response to contemporary developments. Some studies have looked at ways in which foreign technology was adopted and adapted in Asia. Others have looked at how technical, scientific, mathematical, botanical, and medical knowledge from Asia has traveled across the globe. Some have traced the impact of Asian foods, traditional medicines, indigenous plant and animal species on global trade. Others have problematized interpretations of meta-categories like science, nature, health, and development. This workshop invites applications from PhD candidates working on the history, politics, ethics, and sociology of medicine, science, and technology. It will provide a venue for the interdisciplinary and comparative examination of these relationships, both today and historically.  

The workshop will be limited to 12 students, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials and in various regions of Asia. It also will include a small multidisciplinary and multi-area faculty with similar interests.
The workshop is scheduled for the days immediately preceding the 2018 AAS annual conference in Washington, DC. It will begin with dinner on the evening of Monday, March 19, continue for the next two and one-half days of intense discussion, and close with lunch on Thursday, March 22.
The AAS will be able to provide limited financial support for participants including three night’s accommodations, meals, and partial “need-based” travel funds. Students are encouraged to approach their home institutions for additional support. It is hoped that participants also will attend the AAS annual conference immediately following the workshop. 
Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations. Applicants do not have to be current AAS members to apply for the workshop, but if selected, must join or renew their membership to participate. Applications consist of two items only:
1) a current Curriculum Vitae, and
2) the dissertation proposal, or if the research and writing is well under way, a statement of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied. Neither the proposal nor statement should exceed 10 double-spaced pages in length using standard-sized fonts. Application materials should be sent as email attachments to Michael Paschal ( no later than January 8, 2018. Please include “Dissertation Workshop Application” in the email subject box.
Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions of Asia. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop later in January.
For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Michael Paschal, or Justin McDaniel Faculty having related research interests who would be interested in serving as mentors for the workshop also should contact the organizers for details. Modest supplemental funding will be available to mentors to help offset related costs.

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