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Ten Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries awarded for 2013-14

Ten LSE postgraduate students have been given the opportunity to spend two to three months at one of LSE’s five institutional partner institutions in 2013-14 through the School’s Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries scheme.

The scheme began in 2008-09 with Columbia University (New York), the National University of Singapore and Sciences Po (Paris) and expanded in 2010-11 to include Peking University (Beijing) and the University of Cape Town. Each year, LSE funds up to two places at each of the five institutions with students receiving a bursary of £2,500 in support of travel and living costs.

Whilst abroad, participants work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis research and/or on related publications and presentations. The visits also introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities of another country. Students registered for PhD studies in any LSE department who have been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. A School selection panel assesses applications on their academic merit, including the rationale for visiting a particular partner institution and for working with their proposed academic advisor.

Mark Maloney, head of Academic Partnerships at LSE, said “We were pleased to fill all ten places available this year with students pursuing a wide range of research interests from different LSE departments. These visits are a great way for students to advance their research, to widen their academic networks and to experience academia in another country. At the same time they contribute to further strengthening the links between LSE and its partners by putting researchers with similar interests in contact with each other.”

This year’s successful candidates are:

Columbia University

Per-Axel Frielingsdorf, Department of International Relations, who will be visiting the Department of History at Columbia University in the spring. Per Axel's PhD focusses on Dag Hammarskjöld and the Political Role of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Aaron Rietkerk, Department of International History, who visited the Department of History at Columbia University in the Michaelmas term. Aaron’s PhD thesis examines the evolution and impact of the United Nations generally, and the office of the Secretary-General specifically, as catalysts for political, economic and social action during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Reflecting on his experience Aaron said: "What I appreciated most about my time at Columbia were the unexpected opportunities it afforded. I did quite a bit of preliminary research before my visit and certainly made good use of the resources I was already keen to explore (its libraries, archives, academic staff, etc.). But as I expanded my social and scholarly network there, I was able to take advantage of some new and promising opportunities which really made the program that much more valuable."

Singapore skylineNational University of Singapore

Jürgen Braunstein, Department of Government, who will visit the Lee Kuan Yew School at the NUS in the Lent term. Jürgen’s PhD thesis investigates state related pools of capital in periods of high international capital mobility.

Vishnu Juwono, Department of International History, who will visit the Department of Politics at the NUS in the Lent term. The working title of Vishnu’s PhD thesis is: Eradicating Corruption in Indonesia: A History of Governance Reform, Anti-Corruption Initiatives and Democratisation in post-Soeharto Indonesia.

Peking University (PKU)

Anton Harder, Department of International History, who visited the International Studies Department at Peking University in the Michaelmas term. Alex’s thesis investigates ‘Sino-Indian relations from the late 1940s to the early 1960s’. His research not only covers diplomatic and military relations, but also focusses on how the Tibet conflict and plans for domestic modernisation have influenced the relationship between Asia’s two great powers.

Xun Yan, Department of Economic History, who visited PKU’s School of Economics in the Michaelmas term. Her research explores the monetary and fiscal aspects of the Late Qing and Republican China in the 19th and 20th century with a focus on episodes of high or hyper-inflation connected with war financing.

Sciences Po, Paris

Hadi Makarem, Department of International Relations who visited the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po in the Michaelmas term. Hadi’s PhD thesis is entitled: Assessing Neoliberal Reconstruction in Post-Civil War Lebanon: The Case of Solidere’s Reconstruction of Downtown Beirut.

Inez Freiin von Weitershausen, Department of International Relations, who will be based in the CEE (Centre d'études européennes) at Sciences Po this coming spring. Inez’ thesis examines the European Foreign Policy in the Arab Uprisings.

uct campusUniversity of Cape Town (UCT)

Emily Anderson, Department of International Relations, who spent three months in the Department of Historical Studies at UCT in the autumn. Her thesis is entitled: “Impacts of taxation on state-building in postcolonial Angola and Mozambique (1975-2012).”

Taneesha Devi Mohan, Department of Geography and Environment, who will be based at UCT’s Department of Environmental and Geographical Science for three months in the spring where she expects to finish her dissertation which investigates ‘Labour tying arrangements: An enduring aspect of Agrarian Capitalism?’.

In view of her upcoming visit, Taneesha said: “This bursary to UCT will provide me with an opportunity to discuss my work as well as to collaborate and exchange ideas with leading academicians in my field. I look forward to making full use of their library resources and archival materials as well as to attending conferences and seminars. Being a visiting research student in such a prestigious institution will be enabling and challenging, and will, I believe, provide me with a richer understanding of my PhD as well as assist me for future research”.

Applications are now being invited from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries for 2014-15. Details on the bursaries and how to apply can be found here.


17 February 2014