At the core of the World Social Science Fellows Programme are the Fellows’ Seminars, each lasting up to 10 days and involving up to 20 World Social Science Fellows. The seminars addressed topics of strong scientific and social significance.
The specific focus and format for each seminar varied, but seminars included activities to:
Provide a state-of-the-art review of the topic in question
Identify the most important and urgent research questions to be addressed in the field in the following 5 to 10 years
Generate concrete research ideas and develop outlines for research proposals in response to the research questions identified
Compile teaching resources based on the work done at the seminar
Introduce Fellows to the international science policy-making landscape
In seminars, Fellows were encouraged to use state-of-the-art research to frame new perspectives on particular challenges, because we believe that a truly global group of talented, early career social scientists brings invaluable resources to help solve global challenges. Fellows were asked to identify the most pressing research questions for the next 5 to 10 years, and to start to design plans to answer them.
Work at the seminars is only the beginnings of something much bigger. We provide Fellows with the tools and opportunities to continue their work after the seminar is over. Most of these will be virtual, although we will also offer a selection of Fellows the chance to come together again at World Social Science Fora or other events.