International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) announces its first Ph.D. Stipend Award

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) announces its first Ph.D. Stipend Award in support of dissertation writing on civil resistance.

In 2014, up to three Ph.D. thesis stipends, each in the amount of $10,000, are offered on an open, merit and competitive basis to Ph.D. students who have completed at least the first year of Ph.D. studies and made progress in formulating a Ph.D. research topics that are either focused entirely on civil resistance or might benefit from that focus.

Ph.D. students who have completed at least the first year of the Ph.D. studies at a recognized university and have at least two more years to finalize their doctoral dissertations are encouraged to apply. The Ph.D. thesis or its important parts must be relevant to civil resistance studies.

How to Apply
Applicants need to fill out the online application form, submit their Ph.D. thesis proposals with a clear explanation of the ideas that underline the research on civil resistance and clarification on how the stipend will help advance the research on civil resistance as part of the Ph.D. thesis writing, CVs, copies of their Ph.D. transcripts with grades and a writing sample.

Application Deadline
The deadline for application submissions is May 9, 2014. The length of the review process will be determined by the number of applications, though decisions should be made four-five weeks after the deadline.

Stipend distribution
The Ph.D. stipend will be disbursed in four equal installments. The installments will be made based on an agreed-upon schedule for the submissions of relevant thesis chapter(s) in the 18 months after the award is announced. Each next installment will be made contingent upon positive evaluation of the submitted work and satisfactory progress toward the dissertation’s completion.

Research topics currently of interest to ICNC
A sample of research topics that applicants are encouraged to consider include (but is not limited to):

  1. Formation of civil resistance movements
  2. Coalitions and their purposes
  3. The conceptual, ideational, and psychological basis of movement mobilization
  4. Sustaining civil resistance movements and building movement resilience
  5. Short- and long-term impacts of civil resistance on society, politics, institutions
  6. Impacts of civil resistance on identities, culture, and individual and collective behavior and aspirations
  7. Civil resistance and political transition processes
  8. Civil resistance and negotiations
  9. Different phases of civil resistance movements
  10. Different leadership, organizing, and decision-making processes within civil resistance movements
  11. Civil resistance in violent environments or in fragile states
  12. Civil resistance and prevention of major atrocities
  13. Civil resistance and violent non-state actors (e.g. organized criminal syndicates, paramilitary groups or radical flanks)
  14. Civil resistance against structural violence
  15. Civil resistance against corruption
  16. Civil resistance against abusive exploitation of natural resources
  17. Civil resistance and alternative self-organized economic, political, educational, or judicial systems
  18. Civil resistance and international human rights norms
  19. Civil resistance and violent repression
  20. Civil resistance, new technologies and media
  21. Civil resistance and the maintenance of nonviolent discipline
  22. The impact of civil resistance on defections by the supporters of a movement’s opponent
  23. Civil resistance movements that have not succeeded: lessons learned
  24. Unknown or little-understood cases of civil resistance struggles in the past or recent history, particularly if they can shed more light on some of the above-listed themes
  25. The impact of external third party (i.e. states, multilateral institutions, INGOs, international journalists, diaspora groups) action on civil resistance movements



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