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The awards called the “Arguedas Awards” (research category) are designed to encourage international and interprovincial collaboration & knowledge-sharing and support high standards of research in a student’s field of investigation.

The awards have two categories:

  1. The academic title “Arguedas Scholar” is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the research methodology course (see description below) and produced a portfolio of work which shows clear (verifiable) evidence of the application of the principles and methods of the programme.
  2. Additionally, it is proposed that those who have attained the status of “Arguedas Scholar” may apply for a bursary (small grant or mini beca) called the “Arguedas Prize” (research category). This is awarded to researchers who demonstrate “promise” and “need”, and is designed to help support talented researchers to attend leading research institutes or universities.

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Description of the programme[]

Methods and application in an international context[]

This program is distinct from many current university research methodology courses in that it aims to encourage new ways of sharing knowledge and facilitate international (and interprovincial) collaboration, by forming a bridge between people that are doing similar research, so that they can share their knowledge even if they live on different continents.

Maintaining a standard[]

The award of the title will be made by a panel comprising past Arguedas Prize winners and representatives of research bodies. There is a right for your institution to nominate one such person when your work is being considered. If you do not belong to an institution you may nominate an advocate or friend to attend.

Where, when and what[]

There will be an “Arguedas Scholar” training program in Peru and in London. However, international collaboration is not restricted to the UK-Peru link. The programme “Arguedas Scholar” was originally developed for those doing work in Peruvian Studies and to mark 2011, the centenary of the birth of José María Arguedas and to encourage research cooperation between the UK and Peru. However the implication of the use of the software (see below) and internet implies that the location of the researcher is not of primary importance although it is hoped that one or more in the group will be in Peru. Much depends on the nature of the research topic, and, in principle, the research may be in any area.


Currently the candidate can opt for the title “Arguedas Scholar” which is particularly appropriate in the case of applicants from Peru and/or those doing Peruvian studies or an alternative title such as "Quechua or Quechua Studies Research Scholar”.

[Holders of the title “Arguedas Scholar” will be eligible to apply for the “Arguedas Prize” award.]

Course Manual[]

Installing the Bridgebuilder software[]

  1. Using Zotero (on Mozilla Firefox) to be able to store and exchange information.
    • Besides being able to store all bibliographical information, you can add notes to each reference. You can also share your information with a research partner and form groups of common interest.
    • This provides another way of obtaining international research knowledge without the expense (of travelling abroad, for instance).

1.1 Zotero is a firefox extension, so first you must download Firefox (it’s free).
1.2 Then download Zotero and register.
1.3 Now you will be able to open Zotero (Zotero button at the bottom of the browser) and add information to your folders while you are surfing through the web.

Using collaborative editing pages[1]: Find any intellectual commons page and add a footnote.[]

  • To be an ‘Arguedas Scholar’ you have to show that you have contributed on a collaborative editing page (on your area of expertise, which ever your level may be).
    • Depending on the type of information you want to add, you can choose where to add, edit and contribute. Examples:
Encyclopaedic information: Wikipedia
Academic articles or learner journals: (History of Peru project; the journal of Peruvian studies)
Coursework: earthquake aid committee)
  • Other collaborative pages include: Wikispaces; googlepages.
  • Register and login when editing a collaborative editing page, so there is a record of who edited the pages, and what was changed.

International sharing of bibliographies:[]

  • As you update your bibliographical information on your Zotero, you can synchronize it with the Zotero server. This way you store your information on your online Zotero account and can access it from any computer. This way you can share it with other members of Zotero.
  • You can also define the degree of security of the web page. In other words, you can defin
    e the level of access that other people have to your information. It can be public, or restricted to certain group, etc.
  • Synchronizing the Zotero library on the computer to your online account library:
  1. Along with other features you can customize, to sync your Zotero library open Zotero, click on the ‘actions menu button (the ‘gear’ icon) and select the ‘Preferences’ option.
  2. Then click on the ‘Sync’ button, and set your username and password (see screenshot). Now you are ready to synchronize your library, by clicking on the green sync button on the right.[2]

Forming International Partnerships:[]

  • Find a research partner through Zotero (or any other way, such as google scholar). Someone who is also interested in what you are interested.
    • For example: you can contact an expert on your area, who might then contact you with an assistant or student that is also interested in the research you are doing.
    • This may lead you to collaborate on each others research, and maybe write a joint paper. (This may need specific guidelines for each case, such as checking with your professor if this is allowed, etc.)

Transparency in citations:[]

  • So that references and citations can be consulted faster and easier.
  • To back up any assertions you make try to use verifiable “proof”, references or citations.

Research Vocabulary in English, Spanish and Quechua(x).[]

  • To facilitate international cooperation try to build up a glossary of specialised terms or a link to an online source.
  • A class on the key words required when using online resources to do a research.
  • Also include vocabulary in quechua, that might be useful for people doing research that involves quechua [3]

Expanding local bibliography resources[]

  • If you can’t find a book that is about Peru and it’s not at the BNP, do something about it; write to the publishers or to the BNP, for instance.
  • If the book is published in Peru, by law, the BNPmust have a copy.

Breaking down access-barriers: to information that is on internet but you can’t get access too.[]

  • For instance, if you can’t use J-store, have determination, you can write a letter to them asking what they reccomend to do in your specific situation.

Attaining international level scholarship:[]

  • Through peer review and checking the international standard.

Further references and workshops.[]

  • One objective is to form groups which incorporate researchers, thesis or dissertation students from Peru and from the Peruvian diaspora. This follows in a broad outline a UNESCO initiative called the DKN (Diaspora Knowledge Network).
  • Workshops:
    • Before the title 'Arguedas Scholar' can be awarded, the candidate should have attended [4] a final workshop in Lima or London, before September 2011[5]. The purpose of the workshop is to share the experiences regarding the use of the software and methods developed during the programme of preparation for the award of the title 'Arguedas Scholar'.
    • It is recommended that workshops be available during the training process, on achieving each step of the program. This may also lead to group discussions and the formation of groups of researchers sharing a common interest.

Implementation in your research[]

  • Candidates are not expected to develop new work or work in other academic fields besides the ones they are interested in. The point of the Arguedas Scholar programme is to support and reinforce a researcher’s existing trajectory.

Requirements for “Arguedas Scholar”[]

“ . . . and produce a portfolio of work which shows clear (verifiable) evidence of the application of the principles and methods of the programme.”

The project wants to empower people by providing scientific access to knowledge and the possibility of sharing their knowledge with others. This may allow people who don’t have a higher education or access to research resources to get the information they are interested in.

If a candidate follows the process of the Arguedas Scholar training and contributes to sharing their knowledge online, then they will earn the title of ‘Arguedas Scholar.’

Furthermore, to motivate younger people, we have developed a prize of a mini scholarship, the "Arguedas Prize" (research category).

Specifications on the Arguedas Prize (research category) and The Arguedas Prize (lifetime achievement)[]

The Arguedas Prize (achievement)was established in 2006 as an award recognizing lifetime achievements.

It is from this experience that the idea for the ‘Arguedas Scholar’ programme was born, as an attempt to motivate younger people. Furthermore, we developed a prize consisting of a bursary/mini beca called the Arguedas Prize (research category).

The Arguedas Prize (research category) and its timeline
The award will be decided by acommittee composed of (representatives of) previous award winners, donor institutions, the advisory board of the Journal [Journal of Peruvian Studies], universities and other interested parties. It will be presented in a small but public ceremony, as near to the Arguedas anniversary as feasible (first week of December). The award (bursuary/mini beca) should be used to support (an aspect of) the candidate’s main research work.

The candidate (for the Arguedas Prize-research category)
Preference will be given according to the following criteria:
Bilingual, in Spanish and another Peruvian language. By background or by inclination and acquisition.
Lives distant from a research university
Has a "low-income postcode"
From a provincial area (outside the capitals of the departments)
Is starting a research career or equivalent


  1. two or more people writing on the same page.
  2. For more information, FAQ’s, etc., go to the ‘Support’ section on the Zotero website.
  3. For a specific description of the Arguedas Scholar Quechua Studies programme, go to Arguedas Scholars Quechua Studies>.
  4. For candidates who live too far away to attend, a virtual workshop will be available.
  5. The current deadline, as of 05 March 2010, is September 2011.