The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Open Society Foundations and the Universidad de los Andes are pleased to announce the inaugural competition of the Latin American Security, Drugs and Democracy (LASDD) Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides support for doctoral dissertation and postdoctoral research across a variety of disciplines – anthropology, sociology, criminology, history, political science, economics, journalism, public policy, and other related fields – to create a network of scholars interested in developing alternative approaches to drug policy and fostering strategies that address the growth of transnational organized crime.
The program strives to create a stronger, more systematized knowledge base on security, drugs and democracy in Latin America; to build capacity – both institutional and individual – supporting relevant research; and to encourage policy-relevant, evidence-based research that could lead to the development of alternatives to present-day security and drug policies in the region.
The LASDD Fellowship provides support for up to 12 months of continuous research, including funds for travel and living expenses and associated research costs. The fellowship seeks to develop a concentration of researchers who are interested in policy relevant outcomes and are willing to become members of a global interdisciplinary network. Toward that end, the fellowship includes mandatory participation in two interdisciplinary fellows workshops, one preceding fellowship research and one upon completion of the fellowship tenure. Workshops will be organized by the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and travel and accommodations will be provided. Applications will be available online mid-October at http://soap.ssrc.org. The deadline for submission of applications is January 20, 2011.
The LASDD Fellowship is funded by the Open Society Foundations’ Latin America Program and Global Drug Policy Program and is a partnership between OSF, the SSRC and Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.