Category Archives: Professional Development

Competition: Machine Learning (Moscow)

Deadline for application: February 10, 2018

For students who combine an interest in data with an interest in Russia, this could be a very enriching experience. Students interested in math and computer sciences are invited to participate in the first ever international contest in Data Analysis.

The IDAO (International Data Analysis Olympiad), created by leading experts in data analysis for their future colleagues, aims to bring together analysts, scientists, professionals, and junior researchers from all over the world on a single platform. This is the first time an event of this scale will be held in Russia. The HSE Faculty of Computer Science, Yandex and Harbour. Space University organize the Olympiad with the support of Sverbank.

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Prof. Devel.: Summer Enrichment Program Overview (Wash, DC)

Deadline for Applications: February 01, 2018

Summer Enrichment Program Overview

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

The Program has two major components. First, in order to enhance participants’ academic preparation to work in international affairs, the Program provides two courses and a seminar that focus on enhancing knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy, economics and writing. In addition, in order to provide greater insight into the foreign policy-making process and international affairs careers, the Rangel Program introduces the participants to a wide range of government and non-government professionals who work on global issues and also arranges visits to various institutions involved in international affairs. The Program also helps students explore graduate school, scholarship, fellowship, internship, and professional options in international affairs.

The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It also provides a stipend of $3,200.

The tentative dates for the 2018 Summer Enrichment Program are June 18 – July 28, 2018. Continue reading

Funding: Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program (TWC)

Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2017

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program

What is the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program?

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.

The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

What is a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS)?

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists support and maintain hundreds of applications and provide IT services domestically and abroad at over 275 overseas posts in nearly 200 countries. Information Management Specialists serve their country by maintaining secure, reliable IT tools and resources to ensure that Foreign Service Officers, federal agencies and non-government partners can promote diplomacy while serving overseas. Information Management Specialists gain experiences that few other IT professions offer, including the reward of living in a foreign country while experiencing different cultures and helping to protect U.S. interests abroad.

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Prof. Devel.: Summer Workshop in Language Pedagogy, Technologies, Research and Proficiency Testing (Duke U.)

Deadline for Registration: February 28, 2018

Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center
Summer Workshop in Language Pedagogy, Technologies,
Research and Proficiency Testing
at
Duke University
July 23-25, 2018

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer workshop from July 23 to July 25, 2018 on Language Pedagogy, Research & Proficiency Testing, and is pleased to invite applications from interested K-12 and university faculty, scholars, graduate students, and professionals to enroll in the workshop.

There is an additional session devoted exclusively to Russian language proficiency testing training and certification in CEFR proficiency testing from July 26-29, 2018.

Topics of presentations at previous workshops have included:
•       Neuroimaging and multilingualism
•       Teaching language and culture through film
•       Language proficiency testing
•       Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels
•       The use of technology in the language classroom
•       Integrating heritage students in the language classroom
•       Addressing the needs of differently-abled students
•       Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials
•       The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction
•       Popular culture and language instruction
•       Web resources for language teachers

Individuals interested in enrolling in the workshop should write to Jessica Dougherty at jessica.dougherty@duke.edu no later than February 28, 2018. There are no registration or participation fees for the workshop. Modest funding support to defray expenses for travel and accommodations is available for participants.

Funding: Course Development Stipends (IFLE)

Deadline for applications: January 5, 2018

The Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at the Ohio State University, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University, the Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University, are running a national competition to solicit applications from faculty and instructors at community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop new courses that focus on Eastern Europe and/or Eurasia, or to redesign an existing course.

Through funding from the International and Foreign Language Education division of the federal Department of Education, these six Title VI National Resource Centers will give out subawards from $1,000-$3,000. Recipients can use the subaward funds for research related travel, curriculum and research purchases, and salary for research or curriculum design time. The goal of the program is to create more courses with 25% or more content that relates to Eastern Europe/Eurasia, broadening access to area studies coursework at community college and minority-serving institutions.  

Application Deadline: January 5, 2018. For full information, including institution eligibility requirements, and to access the Call for Applications and online application: http://slaviccenter.osu.edu/curriculum-development-stipends.

CFP: European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: January 26, 2017

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly “Europe: East and West”) is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, 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 other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

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.

2018 Dates:

  • Students submit an application that includes a 250-300 word abstract and a draft of their entire paper by January 26, 2018.
  • Selected students notified by mid-February 2018.
  • Final revised papers due by March 23, 2018.
  • Presentations made at the Symposium on April 13, 2018. View the 2017 program.

Please email gbpeirce@pitt.edu for more information.

Academic Job: Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellowships (RSCAS)

Deadline for Applications: October 25, 2017

The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) offers one-year Jean Monnet Fellowships to scholars who have obtained their doctorate more than 5 years prior to the start of the fellowship, i.e. 1 September 2018 for the academic year 2018-19. The Fellowship programme is open to post-docs, tenure track academics and those wishing to spend their sabbatical at the Robert Schuman Centre. We invite you to become part of a lively and creative academic community. The Centre offers up to 20 Fellowships a year.

Jean Monnet Fellows are selected on the basis of a research proposal and of their CV. The research proposal should fit well with one of the Centre’s main research themes, programmes and projects. The three main research themes of the RSCAS are:

  • Integration, Governance and Democracy;
  • Regulating Markets and Governing Money; and
  • 21st Century World Politics and Europe.

More information about the Centre’s research programmes and projects can be found on the RSCAS web site. Continue reading

Funding Opportunity: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship (NED)

Deadline for Applications: November 01, 2017

Summary
Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. Located within NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, the program provides a rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development. While in residence, fellows reflect on their experiences; engage with counterparts; conduct research and writing; consider best practices and lessons learned; and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Funding Opportunity: Career Development Grants (AAUW)

Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2017

Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2013. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.

Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for doctorate-level work.

For more information, and to apply, click here.