Graduate Opportunities

VIU Graduate Seminars

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These are thematic intensive seminars given in a concentrated period on subjects of universal interest, open to a broad spectrum of disciplines. They are suited to both Master's and PhD students and are open to candidates from all the VIU member institutions. Students from the VIU member universities will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to support the costs of international travel and accommodation.

Upcoming Programs:

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How can the humanities save the planet?
June 10-14, 2019

Application Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

Under the ever-increasing likelihood of global climate change and resulting political instabilities, what can and should be the role of the Humanities and humanistic discourses? It might seem that scientists and social scientists are best positioned to intervene in the massive social, political, and economic transformations that are likely to occur. Yet surely humanists—with their capacity to enable sociable bonds of human connection, to provide historical context, and to explore the very definition of what it means to be human in a material world—also have an important role to play in addressing climate change.

The Program will thus explore “How the Humanities can Help to Save the Planet” by bringing together a number of disciplines within the humanities—literature, philosophy, history, art, music, and so on—that evince a keen commitment to tackling the full range of challenges brought on by catastrophic climate change.

Five Duke students were selected and attended this graduate seminar.

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Hydrogeophysical inversion and data assimilation for the characterization and monitoring of coastal aquifers
july 1-5, 2019

Application Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

Sustainable management, characterization, protection and rehabilitation of aquifers rely on our capability to predict groundwater flow and transport over time. This is only possible if we are able to represent the hydraulic properties of aquifers (e.g. hydraulic conductivity) and to numerically predict their fluxes of water and solutes, also considering external factors and constraints such as extraction, recharge and boundary conditions. This is particularly important in the case of coastal aquifers, which are threatened by rising sea levels due to climate change, and increasing demand for potable water driven by population increase and associated anthropogenic activities (e.g. golf courses, manufacturing, restaurants, agriculture) along the shores. Consequently, authorities are seeking better tools to forecast and manage coastal aquifers in such environments. This implies a need for building efficient methodologies to characterize, model, and compute flow and transport, and to update the model parameters over time using data from adapted monitoring tools. This series of lectures aims at teaching the participants the state-of-the-art of in situ hydrogeophysical characterization techniques, geophysical and hydrogeological numerical modeling, geostatistical modeling and data inversion and assimilation.

RETHINKING MANUFACTURING, CONSUMPTION, AND GLOBALIZATION IN THE ERA OF AUTOMATION
SEPTEMBER 9 - 13, 2019

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Application Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

The present competitive scenario is characterized by the rise of new technologies that are reshaping the way production and consumption are organized. This VIU Graduate Seminar offers participants the opportunity to present their research and engage in discussions on the challenges and opportunities opened up by this new scenario, with international keynote speakers, professors and experts from different fields, in order to interpret the deep transformations that will occur at multiple levels – firms, countries, consumers/citizens, cities.

The Seminar is organized to coincide with the 20th anniversary of VIU's TeDIS Program on Innovation (previously TeDIS Center), which has been proposing a specific line of research addressing the relationship between the rise of network technologies and the related models of organization of economic activities.


VIU Summer/Autumn/Winter Schools

Since 2012, VIU has supported the development of a series of VIU Summer/Autumn/Winter Schools, which are intensive taught programs that are offered each year. These programs focus on specific themes which are of common interest to the members involved and which have been identified as strategic for the VIU consortium, for example: sustainable development, preservation of cultural heritage, and the challenges that society faces today due to aging populations. They may be addressed to students of varying levels, depending on the program. The Schools are also open to applicants outside of the VIU membership.

Summer 2019 Programs:

Please contact the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) to discuss these opportunities.

Contact information:
Ms. Amanda Frederick
Assistant Director, DUCIGS
p: 919-668-1663
e: amanda.frederick@duke.edu

Winter 2019 Program:

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LIfe COurse and Vulnerabilities
april 1-5, 2019

Application Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

This is the fifth edition of the LIVES Winter School, the first organized by the Venice International University and led by the two VIU member universities: University of Lausanne and University of Padua. 

During an intensive one-week program, doctoral students and young researchers will work on various fields of Life Course research through a multidisciplinary approach (Sociology, Psychology, Social Psychology, Life-span Psychology, Social Demography and Social Policies) lead by internationally renowned experts.

In particular, the Winter School will focus on training the participants in the production of journal articles as a fundamental aspect of the academic career they are approaching: with a "learning by doing" approach, they will prepare collaborative articles going through all stages of the research process, heading towards a joint publication as a medium-term follow-up. 

Please contact the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) to discuss these opportunities.

Contact information:
Ms. Amanda Frederick
Assistant Director, DUCIGS
p: 919-668-1663
e: amanda.frederick@duke.edu


VIU International PhD Academy

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This is an intensive training program for PhD candidates from the member universities of VIU. The Academy is a 7-10 day event, which includes a scientific program and a parallel program of training and workshops that provides PhD candidates with training in a range of skills that will be useful in developing their research and academic careers. Financial support is available to candidates from the Member Universities, including Duke, to support international travel, and accommodation costs.

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Spring 2019 Program:

MOBILITY CHALLENGES FOR FUTURE SOCIETY
MAY 13-17, 2019

Application Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

This PhD Academy is among the Global Challenges Initiatives of VIU. Each Academy will focus  on a major societal challenge faced by humankind today, which will be addressed via multidisciplinary approaches, involving high-level speakers selected among the VIU member institutions but whose remarks will be adapted to a broad cohort of the VIU community. This opportunity is open to PhD candidates from the member universities of VIU.

Shared mobility, autonomous driving, vehicle electrification, connectivity, Internet of Things and other advances are transforming urban mobility. By setting the scene around the fast-moving trends influencing urban-mobility systems around the world, the program provides participants with advanced skills for successfully implementing PhD research projects on mobility related issues.