Summer Doctoral Institute

For Research and Study on Institutions, the State & Development in International Business
June 4 - July 30, 2014



Learn . Network . Grow.

Learn from renowned professors in your field of study. Network with peers from around the world. Grow as a researcher and creator of knowledge. In Summer 2014, seven to ten doctoral students will be selected to participate in the prestigious GW-CIBER Summer Doctoral Institute for Research and Study on Institutions, the State, & Development in International Business. Spend your summer conducting research in the nation’s capital, home to many of the world’s most influential institutions. This cross-disciplinary program will facilitate research related to the above theme from the perspective of a broad range of social sciences, but relevant to the discipline of International Business.

Scholars selected for the Summer 2014 program will:




“The Summer Doctoral Institute provides an opportunity for GW faculty to work with excellent doctoral students from other universities. The opportunity allows the GW faculty and participating doctoral students to share research ideas and collaborate on research projects that take advantage of unique datasets, diversifying background, and state of the art methodologies that are brought together by the program. I had an enjoyable and productive experience in summer 2008.”

-Dr. Jiawen Yang,
Department of International Business



Faculty Mentorship

The heart of the Summer Doctoral Institute program is the mentoring relationship between the doctoral scholars and GW faculty members. By agreeing to participate in the SDI, faculty mentors commit themselves to being on campus during the two summer months when the students are at GW, and to be available for face-to-face interaction. Please note that any GW faculty member in any field may participate so fell free to explore the faculty webpages of various GW schools and departments. Additionally the Past Participants page contains information about past projects and faculty who have served as mentors.
To learn more about how to participate in the program, please read the Application page.



"I found the Summer Doctoral Institute to be enjoyable, rewarding, and productive. My mentor and I made significant progress in conceiving, developing, and realizing a serious research project in a short period of time. I was pushed to take the lead on the project, which is for my development as a researcher, but also benefited from co-authorship with an experienced academic. As a sociologist, partnership with a business scholar exposed me to new literature, and I hope that this inter-disciplinary work will contribute to our understanding of institutions and development."

-SDI 2010 Participant

Community of Scholars

Build a network of like-minded scholars from across the country! The Summer Doctoral Institute brings together seven to ten doctoral scholars from a broad range of social science disciplines that have an interest in Institutions, the State, & Development in International Business. This is your opportunity to join a community of mutual learning that will last not just the length of the program, but for the length of your career. You and your peers will build bonds as you interact in a variety of scholarly activities while also taking time to explore all that the city has to offer. Alumni activities will help maintain this life-long scholarly network for years to come.



Washington, DC Resources

You will live and work in the heart of it all: just blocks from the White House and Capital Hill, across the street from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and near a wide range of embassies, nongovernmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. This is the perfect opportunity to make connections and find resources that you can make use of throughout your career. In addition, Washington, DC offers all the amenities and features that you would expect of an international city.
To learn more about living on the GW campus and in the DC area, visit our About DC page.




"The Summer Doctoral Institute offers a unique and rewarding experience for doctoral students in a variety of majors. Participating with peers outside of my field of study allowed me to gain new perspective on where international business literature stands in the various fields, which I was then able to incorporate into my current project. The CIBER faculty and staff truly engage in everyone's projects giving a sense of community and support throughout the program. The collaboration in the SDI has provided me a network of scholars with invaluable worth going forward in my career."

-SDI 2013 Participant



Other Program Components

Beyond engaging in a research project with a GW faculty member, you will also take part in a variety of learning opportunities throughout the length of the program.

  • Doctoral Colloquium: Doctoral scholars will participate in a weekly discussion forum that will focus on cutting edge research in the area of Institutions, the State, & Development in International Business. These meetings will also include student/mentor research presentations at the beginning and end of the program.

  • Research Feedback Groups: The SDI students will participate in informal feedback groups consisting of two to four students with similar research interests or fields. These groups will meet several times during the summer and will provide an opportunity for peer review and brainstorming.


  • Getting Published

    Part of your Summer Doctoral Institute experience will involve preparing your research for the publishing process. Through your partnership with a GW faculty member, you’ll have the opportunity to become a coauthor on an article that will be submitted to a high quality, peer-reviewed outlet.

    For more information on the research activity at GW, visit the homepages of the University’s schools and colleges on our About GW page.

    "It was a pleasure to participate in GW-CIBER SDI 2008. The program provided an opportunity to work closely with a serious graduate student on a project of common interest. Together, my graduate student collaborator and I made a great deal of progress on our research over the summer, and our coauthored paper was recently accepted for presentation at a major conference in our field. GW-CIBER has been enormously supportive of our project from start to finish. I look forward to participating again next year."

    -Dr. Emmanuel Teitelbaum,
    Department of Political Science



    Funding and Housing

    All doctoral scholars will recieve free housing in on-campus apartments. Scholars will also receive a $2,000 living allowance to defray travel and other living expenses.