About the conference
Harvard International Security Conference
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
October 14-15, 2017
We invite doctoral students conducting research on international security to submit papers to the Harvard International Security Conference to be held on October 14-15, 2017. The conference is designed to provide doctoral students with feedback on their research from peers and faculty outside their home institutions, and build cross-institutional relationships among the next generation of international security scholars.
The conference will bring together doctoral students and faculty members from political science and public policy programs. Research papers may focus on any substantive topic and employ any research methodology, so long as the core question is directly tied to international security. Applicants are asked to submit a full research paper along with a separate copy of the abstract. The paper will be evaluated based on progress and quality. Papers may be single- or co-authored. Although doctoral students at any stage are welcome to apply, we anticipate the workshop being especially useful for students on or nearing the academic job market. Applications must be received by September 5, 2017.
Accepted participants will be notified by September 15, 2017. We anticipate accepting roughly a dozen graduate student participants in total. In order to facilitate an in-depth discussion, graduate student participants will be required to read a select number of papers and provide written feedback prior to the conference. The conference will consist of sessions of both graduate student and faculty presentations; each graduate student participant will have a panel workshop devoted to improving his or her research project. This will include comments by a faculty member outside his or her host institution, as well as focused comments and discussion from other participants who will have reviewed the paper in advance. In addition, conference participants will have multiple opportunities to engage and socialize with other students and faculty participants throughout the weekend, including catered meals on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a conference dinner on Saturday evening.
Graduate student participants will be compensated up to $500 for their travel and/or hotel expenses. Participants also have the option of staying with a student host in the Cambridge area, which the conference leadership will coordinate.
The tentative list of faculty participants includes Dara Kay Cohen, Josh Kertzer, Anne Sartori, Kathryn Sikkink, Stephen Walt, Allison Carnegie, Austin Carson, Jennifer Erickson, Stacie Goddard, Jarrod Hayes, Michael Horowitz, Eleonora Mattiacci, Vipin Narang, Lindsey O'Rourke, Emily Ritter, and Monica Duffy Toft.
Josh Kertzer and Tyler Jost
Frequently asked questions
Q: I'm a postdoc who will be on the job market this year. Can I apply?
Q: I study intrastate conflict. Can I apply?
Q: Is the illustration at the top of the page of a soldier from the 12th Royal Lancers of the British Army?
Q: I'm not a doctoral or post-doctoral student. Can I apply?
A: Unfortunately, because of space constraints, and because one of the goals of the workshop is to assist students who are either on or nearing the academic job market, applications for the workshop are limited to doctoral and post-doctoral students.
Q: How long should my research paper be?
A: The research paper should be the length of an article in a major political science journal. Depending on style and methodology, this may range from approximately 7,500 to 15,000 words.
Q: Is additional financial support available for international students?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot offer additional financial support to international students beyond the $500 in travel funds available to all graduate student participants.