ERIC Number: EJ905913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Trends in Funding for Dissertation Field Research: Why Do Political Science and Sociology Students Win so Few Awards?
Agarwala, Rina; Teitelbaum, Emmanuel
PS: Political Science and Politics, v43 n2 p283-293 Apr 2010
Despite the size and growth of political science and sociology relative to other disciplines, political science and sociology graduate students have received a declining share of funding for dissertation field research in recent years. Specifically, political science and sociology students are losing out to competitive applicants from humanities-oriented fields that provide strong training in area studies and language. These trends are explained by multiple factors. On the funding demand side, changes in graduate training within political science and sociology are undermining students' ability to conduct contextual work, thus leading to lower quality applications. On the funding supply side, the structure of selection committees may be privileging certain disciplines and approaches. We offer suggestions on how to begin reversing these worrisome trends in dissertation funding. Doing so is crucial to ensuring the continued participation of political scientists and sociologists in international comparative research.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Political Science, Sociology, Humanities, Field Studies, Student Research, Financial Support, Evaluation Criteria, Doctoral Dissertations, Research Proposals, Social Science Research, Area Studies, Intellectual Disciplines, Resource Allocation
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