Call for Proposals: WAGE Pre-dissertation Travel Grants – Applications Due March 15

Many analysts have argued that a rapidly changing global context has created new challenges for developing countries and for developmental states. Especially since the formation of the WTO, many of the strategies formerly used to promote economic growth and development seem problematic; policy-makers and scholars are increasingly asking what new strategies have worked, or might work, in today’s competitive global environment, to diversify and expand economic activities, or to promote social well-being.

As part of a larger effort aimed at rethinking what scholars have long termed ‘the developmental state’,  the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) expects to offer support for pre-dissertation travel in the summer of 2010, for up to six projects, which critically examine innovative development strategies, or which explore obstacles and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing global context.

Applicants must be doctoral students in good standing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Applicants should submit:

•    a short description of the project (not more than three double-spaced pages)
•    a preliminary travel budget and schedule of their planned trip
•    a cover letter detailing other sources of funding applied
•    CV and transcript of graduate coursework
•     names and email addresses of two on-campus faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s work, and who will be willing to send in a letter of support by April 9, 2010 if asked to do so by the screening committee.

All materials should be submitted electronically by Monday, March 15, 2010 to:

“Remaking the Developmental State” Pre-dissertation Grant Committee

c/o Sumudu Atapattu
Global Legal Studies Center

This program is part of a research collaborative sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center and WAGE.  Successful applicants will be asked to present their work at future events organized by the research collaborative.  Details of the research collaborative are available at:

Learn More About WAGE
The UW–Madison Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) is a research center that brings together scholars from economics, political science, public policy, sociology, business, law, engineering, and other fields to promote understanding of globalization and its governance in Wisconsin and beyond.

In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, WAGE shares international expertise with the businesses, government, and public of Wisconsin.  The center organizes and funds university events, faculty research, graduate education, and public outreach concerning economic globalization and its governance.

Visit the WAGE Web site for additional information about the center.