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Announcement: Drugs, Security and Democracy Research Fellowships

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Membership Has Its Privileges

The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Fellowship Program supports research on organized crime, drug policy, issues of governance and associated topics across the social sciences and related disciplines. The fellowship seeks to develop a concentration of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant outcomes and membership in a global interdisciplinary network.  Research should focus on Latin American and/or the Caribbean.

The online application is now available here. Deadline: January 20, 2012.

FELLOWSHIP RESEARCH AGENDA DSD funded research must address the relationship among at least two of the three topics below:

1. Drugs: Potential topics include, but are not limited to, international and regional drug policy, drug trafficking, organized crime, drug production, and impact on communities including youth delinquency and gangs.

2. Security: Potential topics include, but are not limited to, issues of traditional and non-traditional security, public safety, the pluralisation of security actors, the role of law enforcement, the accountability of police forces, formal and informal strategies to increase security, violence, instability, immigration and border security.

3. Democracy: Potential topics include, but are not limited to, issues of governance, state responses to organized violence, civil society networks and how they mobilize against organized crime and drugs, the framing of incentives to develop appropriate policies, freedom of the press, impunity, corruption, and the relationship between state and non-state actors.

Substance control in border regions; violence and electoral campaigns; human rights and security policy; media and violence and global drug flows are some examples of research topics that address the relationship among two of the three program areas. In addition, the program encourages interdisciplinary projects and those that address transnational and trans-regional issues.

ELIGIBILITY The DSD Program features two competitions:

  1. Dissertation Fellowship: This competition is open to PhD candidates worldwide who have an approved dissertation prospectus by July 1, 2012, but have not completed writing for final submission.

  2. Research Fellowship: Applications are accepted from:

    1. PhD recipients worldwide who have completed their PhD within 7 years of the application deadline.

    2. Researchers in Latin America or the Caribbean without a PhD but with a master’s or the terminal degree in their field or equivalent professional experience.

    3. Applications from researchers in professions outside of academia are welcome.

Applications are encouraged from citizens and residents of Latin America & the Caribbean. The DSD Program is funded by the Open Society Foundations (OSF). The program is a partnership between OSF, the Social Science Research Council, and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. For more information, please visit the program website or contact Jessica Mack (

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