Financial Aid

The Methods School offers several merit and need-based grants to Methods School participants. The selection process is highly competitive, and preference is given to self-funded graduate students, who require specialized methodological skills in order to complete their dissertation research.

Application Process

  1. Applicants need to register and pay for a Methods School course first!

  2. Only after having successfully registered, applicants can e-mail the following supporting materials to

    • Cover letter that explains how participation in the Methods School will contribute towards completion of their dissertation research

    • Curriculum vitae

    • Two letters of recommendation from academic advisors/dissertation committee members

Please note that we can only process application from registered Methods School participants as the financial aid committee may use an applicant's course selection as a criterion in the selection process. Also, decisions will only be made after the Saturday, May 31, 2014, deadline. As most courses will already be full by then, even applicants who would otherwise qualify for a grant might not be able to attend the Methods School for lack of a place on their favorite course. Therefore, it is essential that you register and pay for a Methods School course before you apply for financial aid.

The deadline for all financial aid applications is Saturday, May 31, 2014.

External Funding

We strongly encourage Methods School participants interested in financial aid to also explore alternative funding opportunities. Past participants received funding from national and local funding agencies as well as their home institutions. Universities as well as individual research centers, departments, and schools often have special training funds at their disposal and are willing to provide financial assistance, especially when participation in the Methods School is combined with a research stay or conference presentation in the Asia-Pacific.

These are just a few agencies that provide financial assistance and/or information about funding opportunities:


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World Scientific Lee Foundation Cambridge University Press