Call for applications
The deadline for applications has been extended to April 15, 2020.
Carrying out research in Russia, be it quantitative or qualitative, has particular challenges that can make it difficult for graduate students to make efficient and effective use of their time while in country: navigating the complex archival and library systems, conducting personal interviews on politically sensitive topics, and collecting elusive survey data, to name a few. The Graduate Methods Training Workshop aims to address these challenges by exploring innovative methodological approaches and engaging in training and dialogue with Russia-focused social scientists—all while fostering a community of emerging Russianists and promoting networking and professional opportunities with experts on Russia.
“I truly feel that I benefited from every panel in some capacity and am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this workshop.”*
With generous funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, along with support from IU’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Russian Studies Workshop (RSW) at Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute (REEI) will host a two-day methods training workshop for U.S.-based pre-dissertation PhD students in the social sciences with a focus on Russia. The two-day workshop will focus on learning from faculty experts on qualitative and quantitative methods, including interviews, survey methods, datasets and digital methods, media and discourse analysis, and learning best practices in navigating Russian archives and libraries. The workshop also provides opportunities to present your own research via lightning-round sessions, discuss challenges of doing research in Russia, and practice proposal writing to help obtain research funding.
“The workshop has also exposed me to many methods I had not considered using before but are now in my research toolbox.”*
We welcome applications from PhD students in the United States whose work is in the social sciences (including history) and who are at the pre-dissertation research stage. More advanced graduate students who make a strong case for needing methods training will also be considered. Successful applicants will receive paid domestic (U.S.) travel, lodging, and meals for the length of the workshop.
“Being able to speak clearly and concisely about my research was an incredible skill to practice.”*
Application requirements include a two- to three-page letter of interest, which should include a description of the proposed/preliminary dissertation research topic and possible research methods to be used; a CV; a recommendation letter from the PhD/dissertation advisor. Internal IU applicants do not need to submit a recommendation letter.
“The feedback from my peers and [moderator] has also given me ideas for where and how to focus my research in the future.”*
Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2020. Please send inquiries to RSW@iu.edu.
*All cited quotations came from participant surveys assessing the 2018 Graduate Methods Training Workshop.