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Visiting Researchers Program

The International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) led by Andrei Yakovlev and Timothy M. Frye brings together Russian and foreign experts in economics and political science. Researchers at the Center come from the Institute for Industrial and Market Studies (IIMS) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics and the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) as well as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Emory University, and the George Washington University. The Center, which was established in 2011 thanks to a generous grant from the Russian government cooperates closely with other HSE institutes and departments, including the Faculty of Economic Sciences, and HSE international research laboratories.

Scholars at ICSID are currently implementing the research project “Political Economy of Development: Historical and Contemporary Factors”. The main objectives of the project are to study incentives for strengthening regional governance, improving the quality of formal and informal institutions, and developing research on public goods provision and property rights protection. We concentrate mostly on Russia, but compare it with other countries and have started to expand our research to China.

 

The main research directions are:

●     Collective action

●     Incentives for bureaucracy in Russia and China

●     Social capital and cultural norms 

●     Political elites and economic performance in Russia 

●     Historical factors of economic development

More detailed description of the research directions could be found here.

Overall the ICSID has two types of visiting researchers programs: one with  a scholarship and one without. Both of them enable researchers to spend a period of time conducting research at ICSID. The Center accepts applicants who can make a compelling case regarding how their presence and work will complement our research projects as well as enhance ICSID’s research profile. We value applications with coherent, feasible research objectives to be pursued during their time in residence.

Since 2004 the IIMS and ICSID have hosted for a period from two weeks to several months visiting researchers from Japan, USA, Germany, Italy, Korea, Switzerland, Australia, and Mongolia with the support of the DAAD and Humboldt Foundation grants and financial aid of other scientific foundations, the HSE included.

During 2015 the Center hosted about 15 Ph.D. candidates and visiting researchers from top world Universities. You can see interviews with some of our recent visiting researchers: Brendan McElroyMichael RochlitzKyle Marquardt, Elizabeth Plantan.

Visiting researchers program with a scholarship
1. Preliminary requirements 

Timing
Visiting Researchers may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each individual fellow and ICSID. Duration (as a rule) – one or two months. 

Applicants
Applicants should be in a PhD program or already have a Ph.D. Researchers early in their career will be given priority.

Project requirements
    Visiting Researchers with a scholarship must be affiliated with ICSID in their research project at ICSID.

    During their stay Visiting Researchers should present their research findings at an ICSID seminar and prepare a working paper for publication in the HSE working papers series.

2. Practical arrangements
ICSID provides access to the Internet, computers, office space, printing, copying, databases of the Institute and the University library resources. Visiting Researchers can present their research findings at ICSID and get feedback from professionals. 

Scholarship
Scholarship program of ICSID includes payment for your work under one of the Center’s project, coverage of your travel expenses and housing. Payment for the scholarship depends on the length of your work under ICSID projects and professional status.

Accommodation
ICSID helps in finding accommodation at the HSE Guest Houses or hotels during the visit. Please note that HSE Guest House room availability depends on the timing of your stay, early requests are appreciated.

How to apply
Applications should be sent to David Szakonyi (dszakonyi@gwu.edu) till the 31st of March. Results of the selection process will be announced on the 15th of April.

Your application should include the following:

     A cover letter including your contact details, the preferred timing of the visit, a short summary of the expected contribution of your visit to ICSID and an indication of a research direction(s) you are interested in and potential counterpart(s) at ICSID.

     Summary of the research plan for your visit.

     Short CV with a list of relevant publications and names of references included. 

     Motivation letter explaining the reasons why you want to work on one of the projects of ICSID.

Visiting researchers program without a scholarship

1. Preliminary requirements

Timing

Visiting Researchers may start at any time during the year, subject to an agreement between each individual fellow and ICSID.

Applicants

Applicants should be in an MA or PhD program. Scholars who have a Ph.D. are also welcome to apply.
2. Practical arrangements

ICSID provides access to the Internet, computers, office space, printing, copying, access to the databases of the Institute and the University library resources. Visiting Researchers can present their research findings at the ICSID seminars and get some useful feedback from professionals. Papers presented and discussed at the ICSID seminars may be published in the HSE working papers series.

Accommodation

ICSID helps in finding accommodation at the HSE Guest Houses or hotels during the visit. Please note that HSE Guest House room availability depends on the timing of your stay, early requests are appreciated. ICSID does not, however, cover expenses for accommodation.

How to apply 

Applications should be sent to David Szakonyi (dszakonyi@gwu.edu) at any time of the year. You will be notified about the decision in 1-2 weeks. Please, note that in summer and first part of January this process could be longer. Russian national holidays should be also taken into account.

Your application should include the following:

▪     A cover letter including your contact details, preferred timing of the visit, a short summary of the expected contribution of your visit to ICSID and an indication of potential counterpart(s) at ICSID. Scholars focusing on the thematic of the ICSID projects will be given priority.

▪     Summary of the research plan for your visit.

▪     Short CV with a list of relevant publications included. 

 


 

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