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BIARI invites Brown faculty members to propose new topics, themes, and teams for its two-week residential institutes for early career scholars, to be offered in June 2015 and beyond. Proposals that contribute to the Watson Institute’s mission to promote a just and peaceful world, and which connect with Brown University’s Integrative themes are especially encouraged.

Currently in its sixth year, BIARI’s goal is to bring together outstanding junior faculty and early-career professionals from the global south, and through intensive, residential institutes built around pressing global issues, to launch and sustain high-level intellectual collaborations across traditional academic boundaries.

At its heart are Brown faculty conveners committed to fostering international and inter-disciplinary collaboration in their field of expertise. Working with the Director of the Watson Institute (where BIARI is housed) and the BIARI team, convener teams (usually two Brown faculty from different departments or units) develop a curriculum, select applicants, invite guest faculty, and plan and run a two-week residential institute with 25-50 participants. Typically, BIARI admits around 140 participants from around 1,000 applicants. Attendees are highly motivated, engaged young scholars and practitioners, typically in the age range of mid-20s to early 40s, who usually have completed a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree within the past seven years.

Conveners receive a salary supplement, as well as administrative support and funding to bring four to six visiting faculty to campus. BIARI alumni also have access to funds for further collaboration, including periods of residency at Brown.

Currently, four institutes operate in parallel each June: each institute is generally offered for two to three years, after which new topics rotate in. Previous topics have included Climate Change, Global Health/HIV/AIDS, Development and Inequality, Critical Global Humanities, and Theater and Civil Society. We anticipate offering at least one new institute in June 2015, with more opportunities opening later in 2016 and beyond.

Initial expressions of interest should include a proposed title, 100- to 200-word description, the names and departmental affiliations of the (two) proposed Brown faculty conveners; five to ten names of potential Brown, U.S., or international faculty contributors; and a description of the likely applicant pool (in other words: who would be interested in coming, and why?).

We request responses by June 23, 2014. Please send expressions of interest to BIARI Director, Keith Brown at biari@brown.edu. For further information, or informal inquiries (especially if you would like to observe or participate in BIARI 2014, which will run June 8-June 21) please contact: keith_brown@brown.edu or laura_sadovnikoff@brown.edu.

Please click here for further information on convening a BIARI institute.

Participants: How to Apply

The BIARI application cycle for 2014 is now closed. If you would like to receive information about BIARI 2015, please e-mail us at biari@brown.edu and request to be added to the mailing list.

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