Admissions and Funding

Any PhD student at Brown can participate in GPD activities, including courses, workshops and specialized training modules. Students who become trainees are eligible for summer research grants and have opportunities to participate in research projects sponsored by GPD faculty and our program partners in the global south. Trainees are expected to fulfill program requirements.

GPD is a training program, not a degree-granting program. All GPD trainees must first be admitted as PhD candidates in AnthropologyEconomicsHistory, Political Science, or Sociology. When applying to Brown, prospective PhD candidates can indicate their interest in GPD. Students admitted to these PhD programs can become trainees at any time during their first three years of study at Brown. At the end of their first year, students can also apply for a GPD fellowship.

GPD fellowships provide a full year of support (stipend, health fees, and tuition).  During the fellowship year students cannot accept Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant positions. Fellowship support can be in the second or third year of PhD training. In most cases, GPD Fellows will fulfill their GPD course requirements during their year of fellowship support. The GPD program has been designed to integrate into existing PhD programs and requirements.

How to become a GPD Trainee:

To become a GPD Trainee, please email the following items to Hayden Reiss at and Nitsan Chorev at

1) a short bio
2) a photo

In the spring, GPD trainees can apply for our summer funds and for a GPD fellowship.

How to apply for a GPD fellowship:

Eligibility: all PhD students who are currently in their first or second year of PhD training in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, History, or Sociology are eligible. All candidates must meet the following criteria:

1) a research interest in development broadly defined
2) an interest in acquiring and using interdisciplinary skills and knowledge
3) a commitment to dissertation research that includes field-based research in developing regions

To apply, please submit the following items to the GPD administration by email to

1) A recent CV
2) A statement of no more than 750 words explaining your interest in the program and how your research would benefit from the program
3) A letter of recommendation from a GPD faculty member. For a full list of affiliated faculty, please go to
4) A copy of your internal Brown transcript

The formal announcement for 2020-2021 will be announced in early March 2020.

How to apply for summer funding:

All PhD students who are GPD trainees are eligible. The grants can only cover pre-dissertation fieldwork and preference will be given to students who have not previously received summer funding from the GPD program. Fieldwork can include language training. The maximum grant award is $3,000.

To apply, please send the following items to

(1) A one-page summary of the purpose of your trip and how it relates to your graduate studies at Brown
(2) On a separate page, a budget showing travel and other expenses. It should also state precisely how long you will be abroad and other sources of support (including any you plan to apply for).

All students who receive awards will be expected to participate in the “Going to the Field” planning workshop on April 8th, 2020 from 5:30-7:00pm as well as participate in “Back from the Field” workshop that will take place in fall 2020.

The formal announcement for summer 2020 will be announced in early March 2020.

Applicants with questions should contact the GPD director, Nitsan Chorev at



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