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Supported by the New Scholars Committee


Every year CIES holds a Dissertation Mentoring Workshop for doctoral students at the annual CIES conference. This workshop is a unique opportunity for Ph.D. and Ed.D. students to discuss their dissertation research in small groups (4-6 people) with experienced scholars and peers with similar topical or methodological interests. Participants receive feedback on the design, data collection and/or analysis of their dissertation, in addition to strengthening links between peers in other international education programs. There is no formal presentation during the Dissertation Mentoring Workshop. The CIES organizers have suggested that if you have a presentation on a different topic that you wish to present at CIES, to please submit another paper (so long as the topic is not the same as what you will propose for the Dissertation Mentoring Workshop).


To accommodate the participation of the greatest number of new scholars, doctoral students will be selected to participate in ONE full morning on Monday March 11, Tuesday March 12, or Wednesday March 13, 2013. Each workshop group will have 3-5 students and 1-2 faculty or professional mentors.

If selected, you will be asked to:

1. Submit a draft doctoral dissertation proposal of no more than 2,500 words and three open-ended questions. The dissertation proposal will be circulated to members of your assigned group (assigned by the New Scholars committee members based on your initial 750 word submission proposal).

2. Read and provide comments on the proposals of 2-4 other students in your group, approximately one month prior to the CIES conference.

3. On the day of the Dissertation Mentoring Workshop session, attend all morning (two concurrent sessions). Provide an update about your work and be prepared to discuss the work of others in your group. There is no formal presentation as a part of the dissertation workshop mentoring sessions.

New Scholars Dissertation Mentoring Workshop participants are required to participate for the entire morning. Workshop participants are also asked to attend at least one New Scholars Essentials workshop held each afternoon throughout the CIES conference.


Out of those invited to participate in the Dissertation Mentoring Workshop, some participants will be selected to receive $200 for travel support to attend the 2013 CIES Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon acceptance to the workshop, all participants will be considered for the travel grant unless they have secured other funding. If you are applying but have found other travel support, please state this on your application so that we can allocate the resources to students who are not so fortunate. Travel grants are provided to those with the highest reviews of the 750 word submission. All selected applicants, with or without a travel grant, will have the same opportunity to interact with other doctoral students and leading CIES faculty. Due to budget limitations not all participants can receive travel grants.


Student member of CIES, registered or planning to register for the 2013 CIES Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Doctoral student between the dissertation proposal stage and mid writing stage (analysis, but not yet defended). Note: Due to high demand, the Dissertation Mentoring Workshop is limited to doctoral students.

Has not previously participated in a New Scholars' supported Dissertation Workshop.

Commitment to attend an all-morning Dissertation Mentoring Workshop and one New Scholars Essentials Workshop.

Students are required to read and engage substantively with other participants work both prior to and at the workshop.

Participation is dependent on meeting all expectations noted.


Please include the following information:

750 word proposal*. Proposals should include the following:

Name of the university you attend and your dissertation faculty advisor. Note: Please do not include your own name.

Anticipated stage in program (i.e., dissertation proposal preparation, data collection, data analysis, or beginning writing) at the time of the conference.

Research question(s) that your dissertation will address.

Thesis statement of the dissertation anticipating what the readers/audience will know, believe, or understand as a result of the study.

Perspective(s) or theoretical/conceptual framework including connections to the literature or to previous experiences related to the dissertation.

Modes of inquiry, methods, and techniques used to attain the objectives or purposes, and main questions posed in the dissertation.

And if applicable- data sources or evidence to support conclusions and how they extend understandings of the particular issues addressed by the dissertation.

*Please note these criteria are slightly different from CIES general proposals criteria.

NOTE: The CIES organizers ask that you do not submit your dissertation research as a presentation as well as the Dissertation Mentoring Workshop; however, you may submit another paper for presentation so long as the topic is not the same as in the Dissertation Mentoring Workshop.


Early- Bird Deadline: October 1st, 2012*

Final Deadline: October 26th, 2012

*Those who submit their proposals by October 1st will be given priority for New Scholars Travel Grants, which are provided based on the review rankings.


Regularly updated information on the 2013 CIES Annual Conference will be featured on the official website. We invite you to visit this site often.

If you have additional questions, please contact Heidi Eschenbacher and Linda Overing, the organizers of the 2013 Dissertation Mentoring Workshop, at newscholars.cies@gmail.com.

Note: This workshop is made possible by faculty and student member volunteers, and is funded directly by the CIES Secretariat.

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