Visiting Research Scholars Program
Start Date: Multiple dates between April 2014 and March 2015
The Research Department, in collaboration with the Institutions for Development Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is now accepting applications for the newly established Visiting Research Scholars Program on Citizen Security themes.
This program was created to address a growing demand for knowledge to support the design of public policies and operational loans in public policy areas to prevent and reduce urban crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.
To achieve this goal, the program seeks to foster close collaboration among academics, the IDB staff, and Government officials in charge of the design and implementation of reforms focused on improving public safety.
The program is housed at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC. Visiting Scholars are required to be in residence for the duration of their appointment, which can range from four months (preferably not less than six months) to 12 months.
Applicants can be promising young researchers (with interest in deepening their research agenda in a format similar to a post-doctorate) as well as recognized accredited scholars from institutions of higher learning and advanced academic research (for example: in a sabbatical year), or accomplished public officials with a minimum of 10 years experience and exceptional knowledge in issues of citizen security in the region.
Applicants are required to hold a PhD in economics, criminology, political science or related field (applications from PhD Candidates close to graduation will also be accepted).
The positions are open to applicants with a keen intellectual interest and demonstrated academic or professional excellence in one or more of the following issues related to citizen security: 1) social and situational prevention; 2) policing strategies to reduce crime; 3) judicial system and its role in reducing crime; 4) prevention of recidivism and the re-socializing role of the prison system; 5) programs to prevent youth violence and other public policies to confront the emergence of gangs; 6) domestic violence and public policies to prevent and confront it; 7) public policies to reduce violence accelerators (substance use, disarmament policies, etc.). Other important issues related to citizen security will also be considered. Applications that demonstrate the use of formal methodologies and tools (impact evaluations of public policies, formal models, etc.) will be given priority in the selection process.
Privileges and Responsibilities of a Visiting Research Scholar
The program provides visiting researchers the opportunity to combine independent research with active involvement in the IDB’s programs and activities.
Visiting researchers shall enjoy full access to the IDB’s library and electronic resources. Most interestingly, they have access to a broad network of practitioners, scholars, and legislators, and in collaboration with IDB staff they may have access to funds for financing field research.
They are also welcome to attend all events, such as research and policy seminars, talks, and workshops, including the DC Political Economy and Comparative Politics seminar, which was created to foster collaboration with top academics working in the DC area.
Some of the activities expected from the Visiting Research Scholars include a) presentations at meetings and seminars, b) production of working paper(s), c) consultation with and advice to government officials, d) guidance and feedback on specific projects carried out by the Bank, and e) evaluation of research proposals and knowledge products.
The specific outputs and activities, to be agreed upon by the visiting researcher and the selection committee prior to the start of the program, will be based on the researcher's research proposal and expertise as well as on the IDB’s interests.
A complete application consists of the following materials:
Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 10, 2014.
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