Students do not have to be enrolled at George Mason University to apply
This program is designed to provide graduate students with intensive training and practice in field research methods, as well as insight into the complex local dynamics of conflict. The course will take place in the city of Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, and will include visiting instruction by Indonesian and US-based academics and grassroots activists committed to closing the gaps between theory, research and practice.
This program is taught by Prof. Leslie Dwyer, an anthropologist at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) with over two decades of experience working on Indonesia. Prof. Dwyer’s program is designed to provide graduate students with intensive training and practice in field research methods, as well as insight into the complex local dynamics of conflict. The course will take place in the city of Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, and will include visiting instruction by Indonesian and US-based academics and grassroots activists committed to closing the gaps between theory, research and practice.
Students will learn research methods by designing and conducting research projects on topics that may include local efforts to implement transitional justice and community memorialization in the aftermath of mass violence and serious human rights abuses; conflicts over land, natural resources and environmental degradation; gender-based violence and women’s rights; and conflicts over the meanings of customary law and religion in a globalizing world. Students will also gain an understanding of the local cultural, economic and political context, as well as basic Indonesian language communicative skills. Students will live in a guesthouse near the campus of a local university.
Cost of Program: $4,850 (estimated). Program cost includes 6 credits of coursework; students choose two of the following courses: (CONF 610, CONF 625, CONF 695, CONF 727, CONF 812, CONF 813 ), housing at local guesthouse, cultural activities, visiting speakers and instructors, transportation to program activities, and some communal meals. Airfare is not included.
Instructor: Prof. Leslie Dwyer
How to fund your immersive learning experience:
There are many different sources of potential funding for internships abroad. First, visit your university’s study abroad, international programs, or service learning departments to inquire about institutional scholarships and grants. Universities often have funds set aside for these purposes. You can also search for intern and study abroad scholarships provided by other charitable organizations. We’ve listed a few of these opportunities on our scholarships page to help you get started.
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Date: May 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Arlington Campus, Metropolitan Building, Room 5183. Remote participation will also be available.
Program Arrival & Departure
Arrive in Indonesia by Sunday evening, June 28 (leaving the U.S. by Friday, June 26). Classes start June 29. Free to depart Indonesia Saturday, July 22. Students should book travel to Jogjakarta (airport code JOG).
This program is organized in partnership with the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Applications will be processed through their website. Click the “Apply” button at the top of the page to go directly to the application portal.