Call for Student Nominations: 2014 Advanced Graduate Workshop
Apr 17, 2013.

Call for Student Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce a call for student nominations for the 7th Annual Advanced Graduate Workshop on Poverty, Development and Globalization, organized jointly by the Azim Premji University, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and Columbia University's Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD). This small interdisciplinary workshop, which I will direct, will be held in Bangalore, India from January 3-17, 2014, with the option for a 3 day visit to the Azim Premji Foundation field office in Yagdir following the workshop. The workshop builds off our successful re-launch last year and is modeled in the tradition of the previous summer workshops organized by IPD for which many of you have nominated students in the past.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together graduate students in development studies at an advanced stage of their dissertation work. A series of lectures given by leading scholars and practitioners will deal with a range of economic, political and social issues pertaining to development and poverty. Speakers discuss topics related to the most pressing issues in development from both a topical and regional perspective. Students will refine their research and presentation skills within assigned small groups under the guidance of faculty leaders in preparation for a culminating workshop-wide presentation of their dissertation material. We welcome applications from all fields in the social sciences; however, students should have some background in economics or familiarity with quantitative techniques. The AGW provides a unique opportunity for students to receive constructive advice and feedback on their dissertation presentations. Accepted candidates will join a distinguished rank of alumni and forge invaluable connections with top flight lecturers and peers, all committed to the study of the myriad issues confronting developing economies.

We expect to accept approximately 25 students for the 2014 workshop. Students will reside at Bangalore's WIPRO Learning Centre for the two week duration. Room, board and airfare will be fully covered for all participants.

As in the past, I cordially invite you or your department to nominate 1-2 students to submit an application. Nominations from our illustrious network are always given due consideration and will be considered a plus for any candidate in this highly competitive application process. Nominators should send the names and emails of their nominees to Please be sure to send on the names of only those who have accepted the nomination. IPD will then be in touch with those students directly with application instructions.

For those who may inquire with you, we do also allow self-nomination/application, and guidelines for those wishing to do so will be posted on the IPD website at

Applications received after June 15 will not be considered.

Any other questions regarding this year's AGW may also be directed to or IPD Program Manager Mildred Menos at

Thank you for your time and we look forward to reviewing your nominations.

Best wishes,

Joseph Stiglitz
Initiative for Policy Dialogue


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