Research development

Call for applications: Collaborative workshops for the development of research on Asia

Deadline: 15-Apr-22

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is seeking applications for Collaborative Research Development Workshops on Asia.

The Asia Collaborative Research Development Workshops provide a forum for intellectual dialogue and serve as an incubator for projects highlighting the social, political, economic and cultural dynamics and intersections that shape the two workshop themes. climate change and migration.

The SSRC is inviting applications for collaborative research development workshops focusing on the social dimensions of climate change and the drivers and dynamics of migration, to be held virtually in June 2022. The workshops will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers in early-career students from Asia and the US to discuss and receive feedback on a brief article based on their current research, submit articles for a special issue in a leading journal, and develop new collaborative research projects and teams.

Given the regional and global dimensions of these critical questions, the workshops seek to provide a space to exchange ideas and imagine research projects – focusing on connections or comparisons between countries and communities – and how research in their subject can be carried out by teams of relay researchers in Asia and between Asia and the United States. The workshops further seek to create sustained networks of international scholars conducting research on a common theme by providing opportunities to give and receive constructive feedback on work in progress and on ideas for new collaborative projects. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to apply with a team for a Collaborative Research Seed Grant. This initiative is made possible thanks to the support of the Henry Luce Foundation.


The workshops are open to individual early-career scholars based in the United States or Asia from all areas of the social sciences, humanities, and related fields and who are within five years of completing their Ph.D. Proposed projects must address one of the following workshop themes:

  • Social dimensions of climate change
  • Drivers and dynamics of migration
Funding Information

Candidates selected to participate in the workshops will first submit a short article of 3 to 4,000 words as a basis for discussion during the workshop. After the event, workshop mentors and SSRC staff will explore the possibility of publishing revised versions of these articles in a special issue of a journal. Additionally, participants will spend time at the workshop, and during the days between workshop sessions, to develop ideas for collaboration. After the workshop, participants will be able to apply for a seed grant of up to $15,000 to design and pilot a collaborative research project.

Eligibility criteria
  • Early career researchers in the humanities, social sciences or related fields.
  • Applicants must be within five years of completing the Ph.D.
  • Based in the United States or Asia, regardless of nationality.
  • Although members of a pre-existing collaborative team may apply for the workshop, each member’s application will be assessed on its own merits. They particularly welcome applications from former participants of the AAS-SSRC Thesis Workshop Series or the SSRC Global Scholars Initiative.
  • Application (to be submitted online)
    • Online application form
    • Research abstract (maximum of two pages) summarizing current research interests
    • Brief answers on how collaborative work could benefit current research interests and why a workshop like this would be valuable
    • current resume

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