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The Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University invites applications to fill two postdoctoral fellowship positions for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications are welcomed from scholars who have completed their Ph.D. since June 30, 2013, or who expect to complete their degree by June 30, 2019. The term of appointment is July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Successful applicants may apply for a one-year renewal of the fellowship.

The Mershon postdoctoral fellowships support research on national security in a global context. We understand international security from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived. We especially welcome applications from scholars whose work explicitly integrates knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The Mershon Center provides an institutional home for campus-wide collaboration among departments, programs, institutes, faculty and students at The Ohio State University engaged in work pertaining to international security broadly construed. Activities include conferences, roundtables, and speaker series.

Fellows at the Mershon Center will pursue their own research and participate in the activities of the Center. Because fellows are expected to be fully integrated with the intellectual life of the Center, they must plan to physically reside in the vicinity of The Ohio State University. Each fellow receives a stipend of $48,000, a $2,000 research fund, office space at the Mershon Center, and health insurance.

Application Instructions

To apply for a Mershon Center postdoctoral fellowship, please send the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Cover letter that includes an abstract of the project. In a paragraph, explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international and national security, broadly defined.
  • Three- to five-page double-spaced statement elaborating the purpose, method, anticipated products, and significance of the research.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Writing sample.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Please send the cover letter, research statement. CV, and writing sample in one Word document labeled with last name, first initial, dash, then postdocapp; for example, Jane Smith would send one Word document named SmithJ-postdocapp. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately.

The Mershon Center will start to accept applications for postdoctoral fellowships on January 1, 2019, and begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2019. To receive full consideration, your application should be received by March 1, 2019

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with differing abilities are especially encouraged to apply.

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies invites applications for conferences and speaker series on international security issues for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Mershon Center understands international security from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. The center supports and encourages interdisciplinary research and intellectual exchange across The Ohio State University and in collaboration with other institutions around the world.

The center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative proposals for conferences and speaker series that bridge disciplinary boundaries. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevance to international security issues broadly conceived
  • The extent to which they bridge two or more disciplinary perspectives
  • The inclusion of diverse perspectives, theoretical approaches, and methodologies.

All applications should include a 500-word description of the conference or speaker series topic that addresses the three criteria described above. Proposals should include any relevant information on planned presentation format or activities as well as any planned professional products from the activities. Applicants are encouraged to explore novel formats, themes, and professional activities.

Proposals for speaker series should also include a list of four speakers and two alternate speakers for the series. Proposals for conferences should provide a list of 8 to 10 external participants who would be invited to the conference. Each speaker or conference participant should be identified with a biography of up to 100 words and a professional website address.

Applications will be due Monday, March 18, 2019, at 5 p.m. Proposals from faculty should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals from graduate students should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact Christopher Gelpi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions regarding possible proposals.

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies welcomes applications for self-funded visiting researchers for a stay of up to a year. Visiting scholars must be working with a faculty member at Ohio State University on a theme related to international security and must be approved by a Mershon Center standing committee. We will accept up to two visiting scholars per year.

For those approved, we will provide office space, library access, computing privileges, some administrative assistance, as well as reimbursement of up to $2,000 for research and academic-related travel. We will also cover visa application costs, if required. Mershon visitors are expected to attend Mershon Center events, interact with other Mershon affiliated faculty, participate in the intellectual life of The Ohio State University, and present an informal seminar on their research during the early part of their visit.

Application Materials:

  • Description of the research to be conducted during the visit
  • Letter of support from an Ohio State faculty member
  • Writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Visa information (if required)

Submission Instructions:

All the above materials should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Questions regarding the visiting scholars program at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. Our understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived.

The center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals that include a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. Interdisciplinary teams should strive to become more than the sum of their parts. The strongest team proposals will imagine a breakthrough that might come from active conceptual, methodological, and epistemological engagement across disciplines. Toward this end, promising teams will have a plan for their collaborative process. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)

To learn more about the types of projects being funded, please see project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and past Annual Reports.

Application Instructions

Student research grant applications must include five parts:

  • Standard cover sheet that includes 500-word abstract of the project. In a paragraph, explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international and national security, broadly defined.
  • Three- to five-page double-spaced proposal detailing the project or dissertation. 
  • Detailed, itemized budget. Proposals involving international travel must budget for health insurance each month of travel outside of the United States. For more information, please see Traveler Insurance on the Office of International Affairs website.
  • Letter of recommendation from project advisor or dissertation committee chair.
  • Official copy of student's college transcript or advising report.

The 2019-20 Graduate Student Research Grant application form. It will download as a fillable Microsoft Word file. Please type all information requested for the grant application directly into this file. Then send the cover sheet, proposal, and budget as one Word document along with transcript or advising report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Faculty recommendation letters may be sent separately.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Erin Dyer, Program Coordinator at the Mershon Center, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (614) 688-5944. Graduate students with winning grant applications will be informed in March or early April. Funds will be available for a full academic year. Students who receive Mershon Center funding will be responsible for submitting a close-out report and assistance with publicity by providing photos or other graphic materials.

All awards are subject to the rules and regulations of The Ohio State University, including travel to risk designated countries. Please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Office of Risk Management and Insurance, with questions.

The deadline for receiving Student Research Grant applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019.

 

The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. Our understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived.

The center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals that include a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. Interdisciplinary teams should strive to become more than the sum of their parts. The strongest team proposals will imagine a breakthrough that might come from active conceptual, methodological, and epistemological engagement across disciplines. Toward this end, promising teams will have a plan for their collaborative process. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)

To learn more about the types of projects funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and in past Annual Reports.

Faculty who receive awards will be expected to be an active member of the Mershon Center. Grant recipients should participate in various Center functions throughout the academic year and are welcome to request office space. They will be responsible for submitting a close-out report on project publications and other accomplishments, including submissions of external funding applications, and assistance with publicity related to Mershon projects by providing photos or other graphic materials.

Interested faculty should contact Christopher Gelpi, director of the Mershon Center and Chair of Peace Studies, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (614) 292-9843, to discuss any questions or ideas about potential project proposals. Proposals recommended for funding will receive informal notice in March or early April with formal notice coming later after final approval by the Mershon Center Oversight Committee.

Application Instructions

Faculty grant applications must include four parts:

  • Standard cover sheet that includes 500-word abstract of the project. In one paragraph, explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international and national security, broadly defined.
  • Itemized budget
  • Four- to five-page single-spaced statement elaborating the purpose, method, anticipated products, and significance of the project. Please articulate how your project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge.  
  • Curriculum vitae for each principal investigator.

Download the 2019-20 Faculty Research and Seed Grant application form.  It will download as a fillable Microsoft Word file. Please type all information requested for the grant application directly into this file. Then send all application materials as email attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please identify each electronic document with your last name and document type; for example, smithvita.doc or smithproposal.doc

Please note that as of 2019 research grant funds will no longer cover speaker series and conferences, which will be judged in a separate competition.

The deadline for receiving Faculty Research and Seed Grant applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019.

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