We are continuously accepting applications to the Global Colleagues program from earlier-career, poverty-focused researchers in the Global South. To learn more and apply, click here.
Introducing Global Colleagues
Rationale: Helpful colleagues are invaluable. They can serve as sources of advice, research feedback, and career guidance. Often they can help provide valuable entrée into research networks. Many researchers, especially those earlier in their careers and working at less well-resourced regional universities or colleges in the Global South, can feel distanced from global networks and the kinds of research support available elsewhere. ASAP Global Colleagues is designed to help better integrate such academics into research networks focused on poverty and related issues, and to provide international support for them as they develop their research and teaching careers. At the same time, it should help colleagues already well embedded in the networks to gain a better understanding of the contexts in which their partner colleagues work, and ideally open opportunities for research collaboration on issues of poverty.
Program Structure: ASAP Global Colleagues matches researchers one-to-one for an initial one-year period. Shared research interests are given emphasis in colleague pairings, and where possible and most appropriate, pairings are made across international boundaries. Typically the ‘senior’ colleague will be at mid-career or beyond, working at a relatively well-resourced, research-intensive university in a North or South country. The ‘junior’ colleague will usually be a researcher in earlier career stages, working at a less well-resourced university or undergraduate college in a South country. Very late-stage PhD students may also be considered, especially if they are already employed full time in teaching outside of their home department.
Some Suggested Activities: The program is flexible, and paired colleagues are encouraged to develop activities that best fit the aims they would like to achieve in the partnership. Initial asks for both colleagues include only the following three steps:
- The earlier-career colleague would produce a brief Statement of Aims (ideally only one page) detailing research and career aims. This Statement and a CV should be e-mailed to the later-career colleague.
- Both colleagues speak on a brief, initial Skype call, discussing the Statement of Aims and CV. The more senior colleague is encouraged here to share aims or benefits she/he also would hope to realize from the partnership.
- Colleagues are then asked to have three more brief ‘check-in’ conversations by Skype – one every three months for the one-year duration of the partnership.
Possible Other Activities:
- Joint development of a Personal Research Strategy for the earlier-career colleague, detailing how research aims in the initial Statement could be achieved, with a timeline. Progress on the Strategy could be discussed at the quarterly Skype calls.
- Offering reading recommendations, including for professional or field-relevant blogs, listservs, Twitter feeds, etc.
- Giving guidance on targeting journals for publications, navigating journal publication procedures and possibly on funding calls.
- Offering feedback on research outlines, and possibly on an article draft or funding application.
- Where appropriate, providing introductions to other researchers globally who have shared interests.
- Giving guidance on conference attendance and, where possible, information on potential sources of funding to attend.
For more information, contact Robert Lepenies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are continuously seeking earlier-career poverty scholars in the Global South to participate in the program. To learn more and apply, click here.
If you are a mid- or late-career researcher interested in participating in Global Colleagues, please contact Robert Lepenies at email@example.com.