Ph.D. Program

The Jackson School Ph.D. program advances problem-focused graduate education that combines a new cross-disciplinary approach with intensive area studies in the face of contemporary global and local challenges.

The Jackson School Ph.D. program advances problem-focused graduate education that combines a new cross-disciplinary approach with intensive area studies in the face of contemporary global and local challenges.

Regions & Themes

Applications now open for September 2023. Deadline is January 15, 2023

To learn more about our application process, visit this webpage.

Description

The Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) Ph.D. in International Studies provides a unique opportunity for candidates who seek a highly individualized graduate program grounded in applied area and global studies. The program reflects the Jackson’s School’s scholarly commitment to the centrality of history, culture, and politics in advancing the understanding of and engagement in world issues.

The program is designed to provide students with the flexibility to apply, and build on, their existing field connections, area knowledge, research questions, and language skills. Working with faculty with expertise in international and area studies, students design their studies in ways that will best support their career plans. Toward this end, students will have the opportunity to select a broad set of possible final products, from dissertation to policy papers, that best allows them to engage and share their research questions and conclusions.

The JSIS Ph.D. program is particularly well suited for candidates with:

  • professional experience in think tanks, NGOs, government organizations, and advocacy organizations whose work engages with international issues and/or foreign regions looking to gain academic expertise to further their professional career objectives in similar types of organizations
  • significant academic training in international or area studies interested in returning to their home countries to advance academic careers
  • interests in global issues (such as religion, technology, security, diplomacy, health, human rights, disability studies) and/or gaining deep regional expertise in areas including Africa, Americas, Arctic, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East

The JSIS Ph.D. can be an accelerated one (with completion of the degree in three years), especially for students who are supported by their government or other sources that provide three years of full funding. Otherwise, students typically require four to six years to balance teaching assistant responsibilities, grant applications, and research trips complete with coursework.

Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s degree in areas/fields directly related to the proposed PhD program ideally along with several years of professional work experience
  • Language competency already sufficient for proposed project or close enough that language requirement can be reasonably be completed in 3-6 quarters or 1-2 summers
  • Demonstrated support by a JSIS faculty member willing to mentor student from entry. To learn more about our faculty members, click on this webpage, and visit the “Jackson School Faculty” section.  (Applicants are also welcome to use the “Regions and Themes” Search Box on top of this page to look for faculty who you can reach out to discuss your potential research interest)
  • Clear plan for how the proposed PhD program fits into future career objectives

Feel free to contact faculty members directly, or our Graduate Programs Adviser, Jesús Hidalgo (jhidalgo@uw.edu), who can facilitate introductions.

Funding

JSIS supports students in the program by prioritizing a limited number of TA positions for our Ph.D. students. Our goal is to guarantee all accepted Ph.D. students twelve TAship quarters during the first five years of the Ph.D. Program. UW TAships require about 220 hours of assigned work per quarter. In addition, where funding allows, JSIS will attempt to provide RAships for first year Ph.D. students. Ph.D. students are encouraged to seek additional funding opportunities through JSIS Centers and programs.

In addition. UW has other available funding sources. Applicants are encouraged to explore these options.

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