SSRC Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Fellowship Program, 2014

The Open Society Foundations and the International Development Research Center are funding DSD fellowship program for PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. Fellowship program supports research on drugs, citizen security and democratic governance, with a goal of producing evidence-based knowledge and influencing drug policy. Fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months of research. Applicants worldwide are eligible to apply but the program strongly encourages citizens and residents of Latin America and the Caribbean to apply. Candidates based outside of Latin America or the Caribbean must spend at least three months conducting research in the region.. The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) fellowship program supports research on drugs, citizen security and democratic governance, with a goal of producing evidence-based knowledge and influencing drug policy. The fellowship seeks to develop a concentration of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant outcomes and membership in a global interdisciplinary network. DSD funded research must address the primary theme of drugs in relation to security and/or democracy in Latin America or the Caribbean. These topics may include, but are not limited to, the following issues and areas of study: the relationship of drugs to crime and violence, the impact of drug policy innovations (decriminalization, etc.), and the impact of drug markets on public health and human rights. Proposals must demonstrate the potential of the research to contribute to a sound and credible knowledge base for informed advocacy and decision making for drug policy. Projects that do not have a primary focus on the theme of drugs will be eliminated from the competition. The program encourages interdisciplinary and comparative projects and those that address transnational and trans-regional issues. We encourage research in or about countries or themes that have been underrepresented in the program’s previously funded projects.. Fellowship is awarded to PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers for conducting research.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship? Applications are welcome from PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers conducting research that addresses the primary theme of drugs in relation to security and/or democracy in Latin America or the Caribbean. Eligible applicants will fall into one of the following two categories: •Dissertation Fellowship: This competition is open to PhD and JSD candidates worldwide who have an approved dissertation prospectus by July 1, 2014, but have not completed writing for final submission. •Postdoctoral Fellowship: The competition is open to PhD and JSD recipients worldwide  who have completed their PhD within 7 years of the application deadline (on or after January 20, 2007). If you are proposing to conduct research in a non
· native language, you should provide evidence of the necessary proficiency to carry out the project.
Benefits of the scholarship: Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan; however, support will be provided for travel and living expenses as well as associated research costs based on a budget reviewed by the SSRC. The fellowship is intended to support an individual researcher, regardless of whether that individual is working alone or in collaboration with others.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: The DSD Program provides support for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months of research. Candidates based outside of Latin America or the Caribbean must spend at least three months conducting research in the region.
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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