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NCEEER Title VIII Competitions

NCEEER invites applications to its 2022 Title VIII National Research Competition and 2022 Title VIII Dissertation Completion Grant. The deadline for both programs is December 31, 2021.

The National Research Competition supports scholars who are US citizens and hold the PhD. Awards range from $20,000 for an individual project to $40,000 for a collaborative project. Research may take place in the United States or in the field, in one or more of the countries under the purview of the Title VIII Program (see www.nceeer.org  for details). Eligible proposals must concern topics that are relevant to US foreign policy.

The Dissertation Completion Grant supports scholars who are US citizens in the final year of a PhD program conducting policy-relevant research on one or more of the countries under the purview of the Title VIII program. These individual awards are for up to $25,000 and 9-12 months in duration.

Funding for these programs is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, under the Title VIII Program.

Please e-mail Dana Ponte with any questions (dana@nceeer.org). Application guidelines and materials are available here: www.nceeer.org.

CFP: 28th International Conference of Europeanists “The Environment of Democracy”

The Council for European Studies at Columbia University (CES) invites submissions for the 28th International Conference of Europeanists. The theme of the conference, The Environment of Democracy, captures two central challenges facing Europe and the world today: climate change and the future of democracy. The 2022 conference will also be the first time that we meet in person since Madrid in 2019. We are thrilled that our reunion will take place at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa | Lisbon, Portugal  where the local organizing team, led by Guya Accornero, and the conference co-chairs Paula Castro, Gökce Yurdakul, and Alison Johnston are working to assemble an exciting, engaging, and innovative program.

Read the Call for Proposals

A central goal of CES as a scholarly organization is the promotion of inclusiveness and sustainability. We know that some members would like to attend the in-person conference but, unfortunately, face financial constraints and/or have concerns about travel. We have scheduled an online conference component for June 20-22, 2022 (the week before the in-person conference in Lisbon) to accommodate these groups. The in-person component in Lisbon (June 29-July 1, 2022) remains the centerpiece of our Annual Conference, with the online component forming an essential feature. Together, the online and in-person conference components add up to a week filled with networking opportunities and scholarly exchange. In-person participants may attend the virtual sessions as “observers” free of charge to benefit from additional intellectual exchange as well as professional development, while virtual participants are able to Zoom into the headline Lisbon events (keynote and presidential panel/plenaries). 

The Submission Portal is Now Open

All proposals may be submitted from 12:00 PM EDT, September 7 to 11:59 PM EDT, October 15, 2021. Participants may present in a maximum of two paper sessions and one book panel/roundtable during the in-person event. In addition, registered in-person participants may act as chair, moderator, or discussant for one additional virtual session. Please note that participants registered for the online conference component may present in one virtual session onlyBeing a discussant, chair, or moderator does not count toward this limit. Scholars will not be able to submit the same paper or panel proposal to both the online and in-person event.

In-person conference participants can join the virtual conference as “observers” free of charge. All virtual conference participants will be able to Zoom in for the keynotes and plenary sessions.

We invite proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers on the study of Europe. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and particularly welcome panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, genders, scholarly career stages, and other pertinent identities. Please note that priority will be given to full panel submissions. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.

Submit an Individual Paper Proposal Here

Submit a Proposal to Participate as a Book/Roundtable Panelist Here

If you are a chair/panel organizer, please submit in the Paper Panel or Book Panel/Roundtable category. Panel proposals cannot be submitted until ALL panel participants have submitted proposal applications individually. Unfortunately, we are unable to host hybrid sessions. For this reason, all invited panelists must adhere to the same agreed format. Invited panelists should specify that their proposal is part of a panel and should provide the panel organizer’s/chair’s email. The panel organizer/chair will then receive a confirmation email with a paper proposal number for each paper submitted to her/his panel. 

Submit a Paper Panel Here

Submit a Book Panel/Roundtable Here

Visit the Conference FAQs for further information. Detailed information on how to submit proposals is also available on the CES website.

If you have any questions, email us at: events@ces-europe.org

Title VIII Short-Term Grant and George F. Kennan Fellowship Competitions

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For over 40 years, the Title VIII program has supported the professional development of thousands of academics and experts conducting research on Russia and the wider region. Today, scholars engaged in such work who have a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-Term Grants. Applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher, or demonstrate commensurate professional achievement. The Kennan Institute accepts applications involving policy-relevant research on Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and cross-border projects involving the Baltic States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3,500 for 1 month. While the Kennan Institute cannot provide an office for Short-Term scholars, we do provide a carrel with a computer and internet access. Travel, health insurance, and accommodation expenses are not covered by this grant. Grant recipients are required to be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant.

Two rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants will be held each year with closing dates on March 1 and September 30 (contingent on funding). Please download the application from the link on this page. Successful applicants will clearly explain the policy relevance of their research. Instructions for submitting applications are on the application form. Applications will be reviewed by an expert committee, and applicants will usually be notified of the results within 6-8 weeks. The exact start date for successful applicants will be determined in consultation with Kennan Institute staff.

The Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-Term Grant is supported by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the United States Department of State.

The Kennan Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for fellowships based solely on their merits.

CLICK HERE for general advice on applying for Kennan Institute grants and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

2021 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute

June 18–August 6, 2021 | Online

In 2021, our students will join us virtually for the second year in a row. For reasons of health and safety, all 2021 Harvard Summer School courses and activities, including the Ukrainian Summer Institute, will be offered online. While we look forward to welcoming HUSI students to campus again in the future, the overwhelming success of last year’s virtual program inspires optimism for the coming summer. We are grateful to be able to include a larger cohort and many students who would not have been able to participate in an on-campus program. Please note that applications for the HUSI Scholarship are due on April 1st. 

Every year, HURI grants a large number of full and partial scholarships to HUSI students. More information on the HUSI Scholarship may be found on the Enrollment page. Prospective students may read about our 2021 courses and faculty below and should review Harvard Summer School deadlinesregistration instructions, and costs. HUSI students are encouraged to take full advantage of Harvard’s scholarly resources, including the digital collections of our libraries and museums. Our event series will take place weekly on Fridays at 1:15 PM (ET/Boston) and will include both public lectures and private events for HUSI students only. In the meantime, students can participate in HURI’s regular events program and subscribe to HURI’s mailing list.

Please visit the program webpage for more information.

Call for Papers: International Congress “Juri Lotman’s Semiosphere”

Call for Papers: International Congress “Juri Lotman’s Semiosphere”

February 25–28, 2022, Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia

2022 marks the centenary of the birth of Juri Lotman (28 February 1922), renowned Russian-Estonian semiotician, literary scholar and cultural historian. To celebrate this anniversary and commemorate his distinguished contribution to humanities and beyond, the University of Tartu, Tallinn University, Juri Lotman’s Semiotics Repository and the Estonian Association of Semiotics will be hosting an International Congress “Juri Lotman’s Semiosphere”.

The concept of semiosphere is one of the key outcomes of Lotman’s lifelong study of culture. It ties together the copious collection of topics and ideas that run across his works. The semiosphere is the hallmark of Lotman’s holistic and dynamic thinking, of the creative intellectual dialogue he had with scholars from various fields. For Lotman, the semiosphere as a space for meaning generation is the precondition for any act of communication:

Without the semiosphere, language not only does not function, it does not exist. The different substructures of the semiosphere are linked in their interaction and cannot function without the support of each other. This is the sense of semiosphere in the contemporary world, steadily expanding into space over the centuries, it has now taken on a global character, and includes within itself the call signs of satellites, the verse of poets and the cry of animals. The interdependence of these elements of the semiosphere is not metaphorical, but a reality.

(J. Lotman, “On the Semiosphere” [1984], transl .W. Clark. Sign Systems Studies, 33 (1), 2005: 218–9)

The congress is dedicated to Juri Lotman’s semiosphere, his expanding universe of the mind, a space of inspiring and unexpected dialogues that is continuously explored and rediscovered in various areas of research.

The congress aims to celebrate the centenary of Lotman’s birth by bringing together scholars from diverse fields of studies related to the intellectual legacy of Lotman. We wish to discuss his rich work, pioneering ideas and the vitality of new scholarship surrounding them, to trace the trajectories and developments of his ideas and to promote a space for interdisciplinary encounters and new approaches, as well as for commemoration of Lotman as eminent scholar and great humanist.

The congress will take place on 25–26 February at Tallinn University and on 27–28 February at the University of Tartu, Estonia. The official languages of the congress are English and Russian.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz)
  • Mieke Bal (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)
  • Sergey Nekludov (Russian State University for the Humanities)
  • Yuri Tsivian (The University of Chicago)
  • Boris Uspenskij (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

PAPER PROPOSALS

We invite proposals for individual presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion). You
can submit your abstract here on the Congress website (the link for submissions will be opened
on the 1st of March).

PANEL PROPOSALS

If you are interested in organizing a thematic panel involving 3 or 4 presentations, please submit
on the Congress webpage a short description of the panel (ca 200 words) and the abstracts
of each paper in the panel (ca 250 words each).
Please include the following information in your submission:

1. Name
2. Institutional affiliation and academic status
3. Email address
4. Title of submission and abstract in English or Russian
5. A maximum of six keywords
6. Short biography (ca 100 words)

All proposals should be written in English or in Russian. Please specify whether you prefer to
deliver your paper or hold your panel in Tallinn or in Tartu.

DEADLINES:

Submissions open: 1 March 2021
Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2021
Presenters will be informed of decision by 31 August 2021
Confirmation of attendance by 30 September 2021
Early registration starts: 1 October 2021
Registration closes: 15 January 2022

Call for Proposals: Graduate Student Conference on Late Soviet History (virtual)

April 30, 2021
9 a.m.–3 p.m. EST (virtual)

We invite paper proposals from graduate students (PhD, MA) at any stage working on a topic related to the history of the late Soviet Union (1953–1991). This conference allows graduate students to present their original and ongoing work in a professional environment, and to receive feedback from peers and experts within the field. We also extend an invitation to undergraduate students who have begun rigorous independent research related to the late Soviet Union.

Proposals may include topics related to the political, cultural, social, environmental, or economic history of the Soviet Union between 1953-1991.

Please submit a 300-word proposal by February 19. Submissions must include a working title and brief description of the paper’s central argument. Please include on the cover page the scholar’s full name, institutional affiliation, graduate program of study, and current year in that program.

Notification of acceptance will be no later than March 12, 2021. If accepted, participants must submit their registration form and paper no later than April 9, 2021.

Please send proposals and questions to Danielle Leavitt-Quist (danielle_leavitt@g.harvard.edu) and Anna Ivanova (annaivanova@g.harvard.edu).

2021/2022 Kosciuszko Foundation Exchange to Poland Grants and Scholarships

Year Abroad in Poland Scholarships

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Year Abroad Scholarship supports Polish language studies at the Jagiellonian University’s Center of Polish Language and Culture in Cracow, Poland. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation’s Exchange Program with Poland and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.  Students who are awarded a scholarship are accepted to attend the Center for Polish Language and Culture program at the Jagiellonian University. The scholarship includes a tuition waiver and 1,600 zloty per month for living expenses from Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange as well as $900 per semester in additional support from the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Airfare is not covered by the scholarship. Please note that the Scholarship Selection Committee may elect to award semester-only grants.

POLISH STUDIES FOR FOREIGNERS CATALOG

The academic year in Poland begins in early October and ends in late June.  Students may apply for an academic year or for one semester.  For an overview of the program, please see the most recent catalog here. The catalog includes an academic calendar, list of courses, information on dormitory housing, medical insurance, the University’s grading system, etc.

Please note: 2021/2022 dates will differ slightly than the dates listed in the catalog link above.  

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible candidates include undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are US citizens.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant’s motivation for pursuing Polish studies, interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community. Applications are reviewed and ranked by the Jagiellonian University and the Foundation’s Scholarship Selection Committee.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1Prepare the following supporting materials and have items A to E ready to upload to the on-line application form.

Supporting materials include: 

Item A – A photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication such as a portrait photo or headshot which is 2 inches x 2 inches.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-photo;

Item B – A scan of your U.S. passport ID page or a birth certificate. Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item C – University diplomas and language certificates.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item D –Your Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). Save file as: Last Name-First Name-CV;

Item E – An essay/personal statement on why you are applying to attend the program at the Center for Polish Language and Culture at the Jagiellonian University.  Your essay will be 2-3 pages and will include: your last and first name,  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-Essay;

Item F – Submit official transcripts of credit for 3 years of academic work.   This document should have an official signature and stamp from your school or faculty. There are two ways you can send us the transcripts:

1. Mail transcripts to: Gosia Szymanska, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

or

2.  Go to your student account online and request a Secure Electronic PDF Transcript be sent to ExchangetoPoland@thekf.org via their electronic delivery service. Secure Electronic PDF Transcripts must be sent directly from your college/university’s electronic delivery service.

Item G – Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to the ExchangeToPoland@thekf.org.

Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent as PDF attachment by your current professors or degree advisors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation at ExchangeToPoland@thekf.org from institutional email addresses.

Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered. 

Grants for Graduate Studies & Research Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Graduate / Postgraduate Studies and Research Scholarship supports research at various universities in Poland by American graduate students and university faculty members.  Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation’s Exchange Program with Poland and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

The scholarship provides a stipend of 1,600 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. In addition, scholarship recipients receive $300 per month of approved study/research as an additional supplement for living expenses.

Candidates who intend to study/attend classes must apply to the university for admission and submit proof of acceptance/admission to the program.  The Studies & Research scholarship does not cover the cost of tuition nor airfare to Poland.

Studies and Research projects may be conducted from July 1st,  2021 through June 30th, 2022 at state-funded universities and institutions of higher learning in Poland.

ELIGIBILITY

Graduate level students and university faculty members who are US citizens may apply. Candidates who intend to study in Poland must be enrolled as International Students.

You cannot receive any other Polish government supported scholarship.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Selection is based on academic excellence, motivation, and the need to pursue studies and research in Poland.  The grant is for stays of a minimum of three months.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1. Prepare your supporting materials in advance and have Items A to  ready to upload when completing the on-line application form;

Supporting materials include: 

Item A – A photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication such as a portrait photo or headshot which is 2 inches x 2 inches.  Save file as: SR-Last Name-First Name-photo;

Item B – A scan of your U.S. passport ID page or a birth certificate. University diplomas and language certificates.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item C – University diplomas and language certificates.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item D –Your Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). Save file as: Last Name-First Name-CV;

Item E– For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: Upload an essay on why you are applying to attend studies in Poland. Be sure to list the name of the university, faculty/department, intended major/studies, and your academic and career goals. Your essay will be 2-3 pages long and will include your full name, “Studies and Research 2021-2022”. Save file as: Last Name-First Name-Essay;

For candidates who intend to conduct research in Poland: Upload a detailed proposal of your study/research project. Your proposal will be a maximum of five pages, double-spaced and will include your first and last name, “Studies & Research 2021/2022”. Save file as: Last Name-First Name-Proposal;

Item F – For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: Upload your letter of admission. The admission letter should confirm your enrollment status as an International Student, financial conditions of your study program such as access to dormitory housing, use of facilities, funding, etc. Save file as: Last Name-First Name-admission;

For candidates who intend to conduct research in Poland: Upload a letter of invitation from the host institution/professor.  The letter of invitation must include 1) the feasibility of your research plans at the host institution 2) the start and end dates of the research period and 3) the extent and limitation of the host university’s support during your stay such as access to dormitory housing, use of office space, libraries, labs, studios, etc.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-invitation;

Item G– For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: submit official transcripts of credit for 3 years of academic work.  This document should have an official signature and stamp from your school or faculty. There are two ways you can send us the transcripts: 1. Mail transcripts to:

The Kosciuszko Foundation

atten: Gosia Szymanska,

15 East 65th Street,

New York,

NY 10065

2.  Go to your student account online and request a Secure Electronic PDF Transcript be sent to ExchangetoPoland@thekf.org via their electronic delivery service. Secure Electronic PDF Transcripts must be sent directly from your college/university’s electronic delivery service.

Item H – Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to the exchangetopoland@thekf.org.

Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent by your current professors or degree advisors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation at exchangetopoland@thekf.org from institutional email addresses.

Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered. 

2021-2022 Stephen F. Cohen- Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program in Russian Historical Studies

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites applications for the 2021-2022 Stephen F. Cohen- Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program in Russian Historical Studies, funded by the KAT Charitable Foundation.

The application deadline is January 21, 2021.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program will provide:

  • up to five Dissertation Research Fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $25,000, to doctoral students at US and Canadian universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia;
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, with a maximum stipend of $25,000, to a doctoral student at a US or Canadian university, who is a citizen or permanent resident of the US, to complete their dissertation during the fellowship tenure.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECT SCOPE

For both the Research Fellowship and Dissertation Completion Fellowship:

  • The dissertation topic must be in 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies
  • The dissertation topic can be in cultural, economic, intellectual, political, or social historical studies
  • The dissertation may be in any discipline

ELIGIBILITY

For both the Research Fellowship and Dissertation Completion Fellowship, applicant must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • be a doctoral student at a US or Canadian university
  • be a student member of ASEEES at the time of the application submission
  • have a dissertation research topic that falls within the fellowship project scope (see above), but may be in any discipline

For more detailed information and to apply, see: www.aseees.org/programs/ctdrf

Call for Papers: Pitt’s Virtual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 11-13, 2021

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh invite applications from undergraduate students for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium in European and Eurasian Studies, to be held online from May 11-13, 2021.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 15, 2021

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002, designed to provide undergraduate students with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is usually held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus, but will be held virtually in 2021.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics.  The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

2021 Dates:

*Students submit an application that includes a 250-300 word abstract and a draft of their entire paper by January 15, 2021.

  • Selected students notified by early February 2021.
  • Final revised papers due by April 20, 2021.
  • Presentations via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2021.
  • Proceedings are published.
  • View 2020 program and proceedings: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium/

For more information, please contact REEES Engagement Coordinator, Dr. Susan Dawkins at susan.dawkins@pitt.edu.

Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship

Fulfil your professional dreams while you explore your Hungarian heritage – the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship gives you an exceptional chance to develop both personally and academically. While studying in Hungary, you can discover the thousand-year-old Hungarian history and culture, experience unique Hungarian traditions and also enhance your Hungarian language skills.

As a Diaspora Scholarship holder, you can receive an internationally recognised degree at a top-level Hungarian higher education institution and acquire highly competitive knowledge to advance both personally and academically. You can choose from a wide range of programmes taught in English or Hungarian that cover all higher education fields at all degree levels. At the University of Pécs you can choose between 280 study programs. The Diaspora Scholarship is also an excellent opportunity to build your professional network and discover everything about the country in a supporting and welcoming student environment!

Provisions covered by the scholarship:

– Tuition-free education: exemption from the payment of tuition fee.

– Monthly stipend (upon request)

– Accommodation: dormitory placement OR a monthly contribution of HUF 40 000 to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period. (upon request)

– Medical insurance

We could talk for ages about why studying at the University of Pécs can be the best decision of your life, but instead, summed it up in a short video:

Mission of the Scholarship

The Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship was established by the Hungarian Government for those who live in a Hungarian diaspora outside of Europe and wish to study at a Hungarian higher education institution to develop their personal, professional and cultural relations to Hungary.

The programme aims to support the professional advancement of the scholarship holders with high-quality Hungarian higher education while improving their Hungarian language skills and strengthening their Hungarian identity. After graduation, scholarship holders return to their home country with competitive skills and knowledge that enables them to support their community, preserve Hungarian values and reinforce the relations between the diaspora and Hungary.

Who can apply?

You may have the chance to become a Diaspora Scholarship holder, if you are living in a diaspora, or you are a foreign citizen with a foreign address, and you have been living abroad for at least 10 years in a row, and you have been doing your secondary education outside Hungray for the past 4 years.

The programme is available for the members of a Hungarian diaspora living in any country outside of the European Union, the Republic of Serbia or the Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine. You can find further information about diasporas here. The prerequisite to submitting an application is acquiring a recommendation from the local diaspora organisation or the Hungarian delegation. Regarding the issuance of the recommendation, it is advised to contact the diaspora organisations and delegations 1 or 2 months prior to submitting the application.

If you are interested, submit your application on the Diaspora Scholarship’s website, application will be open from 24 November until 24 January.

 

If you have any further question, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Bence Kónya at konya.bence@pte.hu