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1 A Guide to Applying for IGCC Funding Opportunities and Training Programs IGCC Campus Programs 858-534-8602

2 IGCC was founded in 1983 by Herbert F. York, a renowned scientist and Manhattan Project participant. Dr. York became the first director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the first chancellor of UC San Diego. IGCC's original mission emphasized security and nuclear nonproliferation issues but has broadened with time. IGCC researchers now study a wide range of topics involving international economic and technology policies that shape our ability to produce prosperity, innovation, and mutual understanding across the globe. IGCC: A History of Security and Nuclear Nonproliferation IGCC Founder and Director Emeritus Herbert York ( right) Understanding IGCC’s history, current mission, and research is one of the most useful ways of determining whether or not your research is relevant to IGCC’s broad mission and what opportunities are the best match for you.

3 IGCC builds bridges between the theory and practice of international policy. We inject fresh ideas into the process by establishing the intellectual foundations for effective policymaking, and provide ways for UC faculty and students to interact with policymakers at home and abroad through our collaborative, multi-campus projects. Today’s IGCC Mission Dr. Susan Shirk IGCC Director Dr. Herbert York (1921–2009) IGCC Founding Director

4 IGCC’s Current Research Programs Weapons of Mass Destruction Public Policy and Nuclear Threats: A multi-disciplinary summer training program and winter workshop for graduate students and professionals on the science of nuclear threats, nonproliferation strategies, strategic doctrine, and emerging nuclear threats from new nuclear states and terrorists. National Science and Security Consortium: IGCC is part of a multi- institution consortium that will support the nation's nuclear nonproliferation mission through the training and education of experts in the nuclear security field. The five-year project funded by the NNSA brings together more than 100 researchers from seven institutions and four national laboratories. IGCC will administer a mix of graduate student fellowships and faculty grants to support policy-oriented research on international nuclear security issues and work with the UC campuses on graduate training programs and speaker events to broaden the pipeline of those drawn to advanced nuclear security studies.

5 Development and Conflict: In collaboration with partners at Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and UC Berkeley, IGCC conducts theoretical, empirical, and field research on terrorism, governance, and development in key locations around the world: Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The project focuses on developing an integrated theory of counterinsurgency and counterterrorism by collecting new data on political violence perpetrated by violent extremist groups, both religious and secular. This integrated theory should help policymakers design economic and political development programs in conflict spaces. The research is funded by competitive grants from the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation. IGCC’s Current Research Programs Development and Conflict Research

6 IGCC’s Current Research Programs Regional Diplomacy The Future of Multilateral Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: A research project in partnership with the University of Tokyo and Yonsei University to enhance prospects for multilateral security cooperation across Northeast Asia. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD): A track two multilateral forum on security issues involving policy-level foreign ministry officials, defense ministry officials, military officers, and academics from China, Russia, North and South Korea, Japan, and the United States, founded by IGCC in 1993. Arms Control and Security Improvements in the Middle East: A series of track two dialogues for the Middle East where civil and military leaders meet in a collegial setting to discuss options for improving security relations, founded by IGCC in 1991. North Korea Inside Out: The Case for Economic Engagement: A task force carried out in partnership with the Asia Society to explore the potential of exchanges and training for changing North Korea’s domestic and foreign policies. Northeast Asia Defense Transparency Project: This new IGCC initiative promotes greater transparency and confidence building among defense establishments in Northeast Asia through a set of joint activities with regional partners: 1) development of a regional defense transparency index that measures the openness of defense programs, policies, budgets, and overall national security strategies of Japan, Republic of Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the United States, China, and Russia; 2) a web site that will house the defense transparency index along with extensive resources on defense information in Northeast Asia; and 3) detailed case studies of national approaches to defense transparency.

7 Project on the Study of Innovation and Technology in China: In partnership with Stanford University and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a research project to identify and investigate the forces reshaping the technological landscape in China and how this is impacting the country’s place in the global science and technology order. Funded by the Department of Defense. International Cooperation on Cyber Security: IGCC and partners at UCLA, UC San Diego, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are launching a research project to analyze the prospects for developing international regimes to combat cyber threats. The inaugural meeting at LLNL brought together top business, government, and academic experts to frame the key issues for cooperation on cyber threats. IGCC’s Current Research Programs Technology, Innovation, Security

8 IGCC’s Current Research Programs International Environmental and Health Cooperation Sustainable Fisheries: High demand for certain types of fish provides an economic incentive for excess harvesting. Unless controlled, over-fishing poses a serious threat to the health of fisheries. A current collaboration between researchers and policy leaders at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, regional fisheries management organizations, and IGCC is developing a framework for sustainable tuna fisheries, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ongoing work is focused on the design of international agreements to ensure sustainable global fish stocks and healthy ecosystems, while providing fair access. Working Group on Environment and Human Capital: While the impacts of adverse environmental conditions on health are reasonably well understood, our understanding of its relationship to other elements of human capital is just emerging. Early evidence suggests negative effects on cognitive ability, and school and job performance. With seed funding from the UC Office of the President, in winter 2012 the Climate and Human Capital Working Group will convene an inaugural meeting to refine methodologies and design new research that will deepen our knowledge from a wide range of international perspectives.

9 California Public Officials Initiative: A project with the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) to provide workshops in disaster and emergency preparedness for senior elected and appointed officials across California. Infrastructure Resiliency: A cooperative project among IGCC, George Mason University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Center for National Politics to make the nation’s critical infrastructure more resilient and better able to recover from disasters or malicious attacks. IGCC’s Current Research Programs Security at Home

10 UC BERKELEY Institute of International Studies (IIS) Director: Professor Pradeep Chhibber UC DAVIS Institute of Governmental Affairs (IGA) Director: Professor Robert Huckfeldt UC IRVINE Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies Director: Professor Cecelia Lynch UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations Director: Professor Kal Raustiala UC RIVERSIDE Program on Global Studies Co-Directors: Professor Chris Chase-Dunn Professor Julian Allison UC SANTA BARBARA Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies Director: Professor Mark Juergensmeyer UC SANTA CRUZ: Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies (CGIRS) Director: Professor Kent Eaton UC SAN DIEGO Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) Director: Professor Gershon Shafir UC SAN FRANCISCO Global Health Sciences Director: Dr. Vincanne Adams UC MERCED Program on Global Peace & Security Issues (GPSI) San Francisco IGCC’s Multi-campus Network IGCC's multi-campus structure allows it to build research teams from all ten UC campuses and the UC-managed Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, providing broad- based links to the U.S. and foreign governments, and policy institutes from around the globe.

11 Chair Professor T.J. Pempel Department of Political Science University of California, Berkeley Professor Patrick Morgan Department of Political Science University of California, Irvine Professor David Belanger Department of Physics University of California, Santa Cruz Dr. Zachary Davis Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory IGCC’s Multi-disciplinary Steering Committee IGCC’s leadership is comprised of senior faculty and scientists from a broad range of backgrounds. IGCC recognizes the value of taking a multidisciplinary approach in researching issues of global conflict. The steering committee evaluates requests for funding from this multidisciplinary perspective. Professor Miroslav Nincic Department of Political Science University of California, Davis Dr. Joseph Pilat Los Alamos National Laboratory Professor Robert Powell Department of Political Science University of California, Berkeley Professor Ian Whitmarsh Anthropology, History & Social Medicine University of California, San Francisco Professor Robert Trager Department of Political Science University of California, Los Angeles Professor Anil Deolalikar Department of Economics University of California, Riverside Professor Erik Gartzke Department of Political Science University of California, San Diego Professor Alison Brysk Global and International Studies Program University of California, Santa Barbara Professor Sean Malloy School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts University of California, Merced

12 Since 1985, IGCC has awarded fellowships to 475 UC graduate students. Even in difficult financial times, IGCC has remained committed to supporting student research. Average number of applications received annually = 100+ Anticipated # of 2012–13 Awards = 20 Partial funding is available, but will not increase your odds of being funded. Dissertation Fellowships Essentials IGCC offers competitive fellowship packages to mostly UC students. If you submit a quality proposal, you have much better odds of receiving a fellowship when compared to other funding programs which require you to compete with graduate students nationwide. We encourage you to apply! You have very good odds of being funded if you are doing research relevant to IGCC’s mission and submit a quality proposal.

13 IGCC supports research (from all disciplines) on the causes of international conflict and opportunities for international cooperation. Multidisciplinary approaches and policy-relevant work are encouraged. In order to meet IGCC relevancy criteria, the international sources and/or consequences of the phenomenon studied in the dissertation must be an integral part of the project and the project must fit into one of the themes outlined below: Theme One: The Changed Institutional Environment: Although national governments remain primary players in the security realm, regional and multilateral forums have become an increasingly important mechanism for managing international relations and preserving the peace. Governments frequently work through international organizations, corporations, and NGOs abroad, and state and local partners at home. Possible topics under this theme include: Privatization of security, regional multilateral fora, measuring the effectiveness of international institutions, multilateral versus bilateral arrangements, and international legal agreements and dispute resolution mechanisms. Theme Two: Nonconventional Threats: Although peer competitors remain, day-to-day threats in this new security dynamic generally emanate from a variety of nontraditional sources such as terrorism and international crime, bioterrorism and nuclear proliferation, climate change and epidemics that straddle borders. Topics under this theme include: international cooperation on health, terrorism, biosecurity, nonstate actors, global health development, nation building, democratization, climate change, transborder environmental problems. Theme Three: Nuclear Threats: The continued interaction between the development of nuclear technology, the global expansion of nuclear energy, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons makes nuclear issues a persistent policy concern. The dangers of the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the potential diversion of fissile materials has intensified with the potential for nuclear terrorism by non-state actors. Meanwhile, existing nuclear weapon states confront conflicting agendas, on the one hand under pressure on nonproliferation and disarmament, on the other hand maintaining their deterrent capabilities as safe, secure, reliable, and credible. Topics under this theme include: monitoring, verification, and enforcement of nonproliferation agreements; strengthening or reforming the international nuclear nonproliferation or safety regimes; understanding the causes or consequences of proliferation; role of nuclear weapons in contemporary deterrence and security strategies; and the effects on nuclear energy demand from externalities such as climate change, resource competition, natural disasters, or safety and security. Dissertation Fellowship Research Themes

14 You must be enrolled at a University of California campus for the 2012–13 academic year. You must be a Ph.D. student and advance to candidacy by June 30, 2012. JD/Ph.D., MD/Ph.D., and MD with thesis students are also eligible. U.S. citizenship is not required for this fellowship IGCC fellowships are not intended to be used for student fees and tuition. This award includes up to $15,000 stipend to cover living expenses (October to June) and up to $3,000 in travel and research support. Total IGCC award will not exceed $18K. You must not exceed 10 hours of paid employment or TA/RA activity during your award period. You can apply under any of the Dissertation Fellowship Research themes IGCC Dissertation Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

15 You must be enrolled at a University of California campus or at a consortium university (Michigan State University, Washington University, and University of Nevada Las Vegas) for the 2012–13 academic year. You must be a Ph.D. student and advance to candidacy by June 30, 2012. JD/Ph.D., MD/Ph.D., and MD with thesis students are also eligible. U.S. citizenship is REQUIRED for this fellowship IGCC fellowships are not intended to be used for student fees and tuition. This award includes up to $20,000 stipend to cover living expenses (October to June). You must not exceed 10 hours of paid employment or TA/RA activity during your award period. You can apply under THEME 3 only of the Dissertation Fellowship Research themes International Nuclear Security Dissertation Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

16 The Application Process Submit your application through the online application system. Follow these easy steps. 1.When the application cycle opens, register at 2.Fill out the web forms. You can come back and edit each section at any time up until you push the “Done” button. 3.Upload your supporting documents (CV, transcript, budget, and proposal narrative) as pdfs. 4.Complete your online application by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2012. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. NO EXCEPTIONS Recommendation letters should be emailed from your advisors directly to lauramartin@ Ask for recommendation letters early. You are responsible for checking on their status. Technical help with the online application system is available. Call 858-534-1979 or email

17 1.Applicant information & abstract: Complete the applicant information web form and provide a brief abstract (150 words) of your proposal. Be sure to indicate which of the three themes applies to your proposed research. 2.Project expense budget & justification of expenses: Sample budget formats can be found online. YOU UPLOAD PDF 3.Proposal narrative. The narrative description of the project is not to exceed 1,500 words. This limit is strictly enforced. YOU UPLOAD PDF The narrative should include: a.A description of the research problem or goals (What questions will your research answer?) b.Significance of the research and its relevance to the IGCC research themes. c.Research design and methods d.Timeline e.Literature citations f.Word count 4.Curriculum vitae: YOU UPLOAD PDF 5.Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts are OK. YOU UPLOAD PDF 6.Two letters of recommendation: One letter of recommendation must be from your advisor. ADVISORS EMAIL OR MAIL LETTERS TO IGCC. Recommendation letters must be received by March 9, 2012 if emailed or postmarked by March 9, 2012 if sent through regular mail. A Complete Proposal Includes These Elements

18 How to Write a Winning Proposal Narrative Your narrative should: Succinctly describe the research problem or goals. What questions will your research answer? The narrative description of the project is not to exceed 1,500 words. Relate the significance of the research and its relevance to global conflict and cooperation. Describe your research design and methods. Explain the procedures you will employ (such as archival work, interviews, statistical analysis) to answer your research question. Indicate how IGCC funds will enable you to undertake these procedures. Be written to a multidisciplinary audience (IGCC steering committee). Avoid overuse of jargon that is specific to your discipline. Follow the directions and requirements in the RFP. Fit IGCC’s mission and research themes.

19 IGCC has been open to a wide range of methodological and conceptual approaches in every discipline. It is especially helpful for steering committee members evaluating the proposals if you can specify, very succinctly: 1.The thing/event/phenomenon you are going to explain (i.e., your dependent variable). 2.Your explanation for this phenomenon/question. In the social sciences, proposals usually refer to these as independent variables and dependent variables. Proposals do not need to rely on this terminology necessarily and can use alternative ways to make clear what is being explained and how. The Importance of Methodology

20 Quality & relevance to the IGCC mission are the primary selection criteria. See the themes in the RFP. Reader assignments & review process There are two rounds of independent review and ranking before final deliberations take place. Round 1: Applications are read by three Steering Committee members from your discipline or with special knowledge regarding your topic. They are not reviewed by your campus SC member. The Nuclear Security Dissertation fellowships will also be reviewed by a representative faculty member from Michigan State University. Round 2: The top tier of applications are read by every committee member and preliminarily ranked for discussion. Round 3: The Steering Committee convenes to discuss the merits of each proposal and makes final selections. Proposal feedback IGCC cannot provide feedback on why applications were not selected for funding. Final selection The Steering Committee members determine the final selections in their June meeting. All applicants will be notified of their status via email by mid-summer. Evaluation, Selection, and Award Process Dissertation Fellowship applications are reviewed by the IGCC Steering Committee, which makes the final decision about awards.

21 The longest part of the process is usually getting letters of recommendation. Start early and check often with your recommenders. It is your responsibility to make sure both letters have been received by IGCC. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No exceptions. All application components must be uploaded as pdfs in the application system by the deadline. Office of Contracts and Grants/Sponsored Projects requirements vary by campus. It is your responsibility to comply with local campus requirements and deadlines for fellowship and grant applications. Some campuses, such as UCLA, UCI, and UCSC, require applicants to submit fellowship & grant applications to their office of Contracts and Grants (OCGA/OSP) for review PRIOR to submitting to IGCC. Make sure you know the requirements and meet the campus deadline. Tips, Tricks, and Traps

22 Submission challenges? IGCC cannot help with scanning or Adobe Acrobat computer problems. Substantive questions about the RFP? Please contact Laura Martin at Don’t know your fiscal coordinator’s name? Check with your department’s administrator Get to know them! This is the person who will help you understand your campus fellowship and grant requirements (and coordinate your fellowship payments and research/travel reimbursements if you receive an award) Other Important Notes

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