Frequently Asked Questions
If you do not find answers to your questions, please contact the Global South Workshop co-ordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +41 22 908 43 84.
Does El Colegio de México offer any on-campus housing?
All participants will be provided accommodation close to El Colegio de México. A small contribution will be given towards daily living expenses.
Is health insurance compulsory?
Health insurance is not compulsory for a short stay in Mexico. However, we strongly advise Workshop participants to sign up to a private "short term Study Abroad" insurance in their home country.
Do I need a visa to attend the Workshop?
Depending your your nationality you may need a visa to enter Mexico. Tourists and business visitors can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days. It is advised to contact the Mexican Embassy in your respective
Do I need to bring my own laptop?
No. Access to a computer lab will be provided.
How much money can I expect to spend during my stay in Mexico?
Participants will be provided accommodation (from Saturday 30 November 2013 (evening) to Saturday 7 December 2013 (morning)) and receive a contribution towards their living expenses. The Institute will also cover return fares for participants enrolled in Southern universities. Lunches will be provided from Monday 2 December to Friday 6 December. Other expenses and an extended stay will be at your own expense.
How do I get a plane ticket?
The Institute will cover the cost of an economy return fare for participants from universities in the South. Candidates are requested to make their own travel arrangements before 30 August. Prior to confirming the booking, approval must be sought from the Workshop officer. The plane ticket will be reimbursed upon presentation of original receipts during your stay in Mexico. All reimbursements will be in Swiss Francs, using the current rate of exchange. You can check currency exchange rates on this website www.xe.com.
What is the weather like in Mexico City?
Because of its location on a high plateau and its high elevation (over 7000 feet) Mexico City enjoys mild, pleasant weather nearly all year. October through May is the city's dry season, this period having very little rain. Its winters, while cooler than the summers, are very mild.
What do I need to support my application?
The application file is quite simple. Fill in the application form including your CV, a statement of motivation, a summary of your Ph.D research (2,000 words maximum) along with a draft chapters' outline and 2 contact details of referees. You can email this to us or send it by regular mail. Only selected candidates will be contacted (before 30 May). Our email: email@example.com
What if I come from a southern country, but now affiliated in a University in the US or Europe?
Candidates who are originally from a southern country, but presently affiliated in a University in the US or Europe, are eligible for the Programme, but they have to cover their travel costs from their residence country to Mexico and back. Local expenses (accommodation, food allowance) will be allocated.
Do I need to provide proof of proficiency in English?
Since the Workshop is held in English, applicants are expected to be proficient in the use of English, i.e., to understand fully courses taught in English and to be able to write papers. Nevertheless, no certificate is required.
Do I need to include a letter of reference with my application?
No. You only need to nominate two referees in your application form. At least one must be from your PhD supervisor and indicate the current stage of your Ph.D. research and likely time to completion. It is not necessary to include a written reference letter, but please note that your referees could be contacted by our selection committee.
Are there prerequisites to attend the Workshop?
Candidates should typically be nearing completion of their Ph.D at a university in the South and work in a discipline related to International and Development Studies.
When do I have to apply?
The closing date for applications is 30 April 2013, by midnight Zurich time zone.
How is my application assessed?
Selection will be based on the quality of research. Quality being equal, selection may be guided by an interest in promoting thematic coherence at the workshop and regional diversity. The number of participants is limited to 30.
Can I attend only a few days of the Workshop?
No. Participants are required to attend the whole Workshop and contribute to all 5 days.
What will my timetable look like?
Sessions will be held from Monday to Friday. Morning sessions will be introduced by a Guest speaker and followed by paper presentations. Lunch will be provided to participants. Afternoons will involve a discussion of papers and free time.
All participants will be expected to present a research paper. This will be due at the latest one month before the start of the Workshop. Papers and comments on papers will be available online on a password-protected platform. Each participant will is expected to present their paper and to address the comments of the discussant in a 15 minute session. The discussant will have 20 minutes to react to the presentation and accompanying comments. The papers will be followed by a discussion.
Will I have full access to the library and IT facilities?
All participants are encouraged to make full use of El Colegio de Mexico's facilities. Participants will be given access to the library upon registration. Participants will also be given the use of IT facilities (PC and printing).
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