2-day Foundations-level certificate program

This four-week workshop with Dr. Peter Graif will explore the process of designing a research project and communicating plans for its implementation. No prior experience with proposal writing is necessary, though participants should come with an idea of the research they would like to conduct.

Our emphasis throughout this program will be on direct, actionable skills of writing and critical thinking. Each week, all participants will be expected to complete a short writing assignment, which will be shared with other members of the workshop for discussion at our weekly session. Participants will also meet individually with the instructor to discuss strategies of writing and critical analysis specific to their personal project.

At the end of the program, participants will have completed a real research proposal, which they can adapt to a range of professional contexts. To mark this achievement, those who complete this course will be awarded a certificate of proficiency by the Open Institute for Social Science.

Due to the highly interactive nature of this program, attendance will be limited to ten participants. We expect the workshop to fill up, so please apply if you wish to be guaranteed a spot. All proceeds from this project benefit the Open Institute's research fellowship program for junior scholars.

  • Dates and times: Next session to be announced soon
    (four group sessions, with at least one additional session per week to be scheduled individually)
  • Training location: Sanepa
  • Course fee: 24,000 NPR
    (inclusive of tea and all course materials; need-based scholarships available for highly qualified applicants) 

Please contact the instructor directly with any questions or inquiries: [email protected]

Peter Graif is a social scientist with more than fifteen years of experience teaching in and about Nepal, at institutions ranging from Tribhuvan University to the UN. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago and an MA in linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His first book, Being and Hearing: Making Intelligible Worlds in Deaf Kathmandu, was published this summer by Hau Books and the University of Chicago Press.