Interested in pursuing a Ph D in contemporary international affairs in the Washington DC region? The Government and International Affairs program at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs announces the availability of one or more Graduate Research Assistantships starting August 15, 2016 for incoming 2016-17 students pursuing a Ph D in the Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG) degree, a multi-disciplinary degree with a strong focus on territorial conflict and geopolitical practices.
This position provides:
- A tuition scholarship for the duration of the GRA position (officially a GTA), which will be three years subject to satisfactory progress. In academic year 2015-16 (AY15-16) this amounted to $6450.80 per semester. The tuition scholarship also pays nearly all student fees.
- A monthly stipend for 20 hours of directed research per week. In AY15-16 the monthly stipend was $1868. This figure will rise for AY16-17.
Dr Gerard Toal is interested in recruiting students with the following interests and skills:
- Research on territorial conflicts in post-Soviet space, with particular emphasis on Ukraine and Georgia.
- Research on critical approaches to the study of geopolitical though and practices with particular emphasis on the nexus of geopolitical relationships operating in post-Soviet space, and/or Southeast Europe.
- Native or near native language skills in one or more of the following: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Ukrainian, Russian, Georgian, Armenian, Azerbaijani.
- Native or near native speaking and writing skills in English.
- A Masters degree in International Relations or in an equivalent field like Politics, Political Science, Geography, History or Sociology.
Applicants should note that Virginia Tech’s program in Alexandria is a non-traditional extension campus that holds courses on week day evenings. Students working there will need to be independent, well organized and self-starting. Rather than ‘campus life,’ students will gain exposure to the policy-debating and policy-making community in Washington DC.
For further details please email Dr Gerard Toal, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech in Alexandria at email@example.com.
Please note that Virginia Tech’s PGG degree has a ‘rolling admission’ policy, meaning there is no firm deadline for application. Also the currently stated deadline — Students seeking departmental funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1st for full consideration – is not applicable. Students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr Toal directly and then proceed. It is estimated that the Assistantship will not be awarded until March at the earliest, but before 1 April, the deadline for international applications.