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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Dissertation Fellowship

Applications open in December 2022

Each year IGCC provides funding for graduate students from all ten UC campuses, including one specially designated Herb York IGCC Fellowship. IGCC seeks to support dissertations around research topics that closely track to current global security priorities. The proposed dissertation research must have one of the following themes as an integral part of the project.

  1. Food Security, Human Security, Global Health, Nontraditional and Emerging Threats: Threats from civil war, ethnic and/or state violence, corruption and governmental failures, drug smuggling, human rights, migration, refugees from natural disasters and failed states, global and public health, food security.
  2. Terrorism and Political Violence: Nonconventional terrorist threats, root causes of terrorism, how climate change, human security, and international political economy affect terrorism.
  3. Cybersecurity: Cybercrime, partnerships between hostile states and non-state actors in cyberspace, effects of technological innovation
  4. Regional and Major Power Relations: Ethnic and religious conflicts, building regional multilateral institutions, dominant and rising powers, public versus public/private partnerships in governance.
  5. Energy and Environmental Security: Energy security, climate change, climate refugees, effects of technological innovation.
  6. Global Environmental and Health Cooperation: Incentives, policies, and technologies that foster international agreements on environmental and health protection as well as strategies to adapt to the threats that they impose.
  7. Nuclear Nonproliferation: Proliferation, rules and norms, nuclear nonproliferation regime.
  8. Defense and Military Issues: The roles of military establishments, nature and employment of military power, civil-military relations, arms competition, defense science, technology, and innovation.
  9. Geo-economics and the Political Economy of Security: Economic sources of national security,
    security dimensions of industrial policy and trade relations, economic statecraft.
  10. Democracy, Governance, and Institutions: Challenges to democratic representation, elections, inclusive democracy, technology and democracy, authoritarian international relations.