Summer Doctoral Institute

For Research and Study on Institutions, Policies, and Development in International Business

June 3 – July 29, 2015

“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

Each summer, seven to ten doctoral students are selected to participate in the prestigious GW-CIBER Summer Doctoral Institute for Research and Study on Institutions, Policies, and Development in International Business. The students spend their summer conducting research in the nation’s capital, home to many of the world’s most influential institutions. This cross-disciplinary program facilitates research related to the above theme from the perspective of a broad range of social sciences, but relevant to the discipline of International Business.Business.

Scholars selected for the Summer Doctoral Institute:
  • Work with a GW Faculty mentor from their chosen field
  • Form a community of scholars with intersecting interests
  • Gain access to resources found only in Washington, DC
  • Participate in research seminars, brown bag lunches, and workshops
  • Submit their work to be published in a top journal in their field

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 feel free to explore the faculty web pages of various GW schools and departments. Additionally, the SDI Alumni roster contains information about past projects and faculty members who have served as mentors.

To learn more about how to participate in the program, please read the Application page.

The GW-CIBER summer doctoral institute has been an invaluable experience that enriched my doctoral studies from several aspects. I had access to a wealth of resources through faculty members, peers, and thought-provoking weekly seminars which helped shape my future research endeavors. Being in the DC area, I had a chance to participate in several activities relevant to my work which helped expand my network. The GW-CIBER staff and faculty have been a great support for us and our research projects, facilitating our stay and resulting in a fruitful scholarly collaboration.

2014 SDI 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.

“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

Washington, DC Resources

The SDI scholars live and work in the heart of it all: just blocks from the White House and Capitol Hill, across the street from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and near a wide range of embassies, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. In addition, Washington, DC offers all the amenities and features that one would expect of an international city. To learn more about living on the GW campus and in the DC area, visit our Location Page.

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 participate in a weekly discussion forum that focuses on cutting edge research in the area of Institutions, Policies, and Development in International Business. These meetings also include student/mentor research presentations at the beginning and end of the program.
  • Research Feedback Groups
    The SDI students participate in informal feedback groups consisting of two to four students with similar research interests or fields. These groups meet several times during the summer and provide an opportunity for peer review and brainstorming.

Getting Published

Part of the Summer Doctoral Institute experience involves preparation of the research paper for the publishing process. Through the student-mentor partnership, the SDI participants have the opportunity to become a co-author 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 via the About GW page.

Funding and Housing

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