Category Archives: Professional Development

Study Abroad: International Summer School (TU Dresden)

Deadline for Applications: July 04, 2017

See message below for information:

” Dear colleagues,

we still have few open all-inclusive slots for PhD students and (early stage) Postdocs to participate in the International Summer School
/MATERIALS 4.0: The digitally enabled atom to system revolution/ which
will take place at TU Dresden this year (September 11- 15, 2017).

Innovative materials are a key element for keeping products and industrial processes economically competitive and ecologically sustainable. Modern materials science requires a multi-discipline approach embracing chemistry, physics, engineering, as well as theoretical and numerical modeling. The summer school/MATERIALS 4.0/ will provide an overview of current developments in the ongoing digitalization revolution in materials science and will offer a platform for discussions about future perspectives. Dresden is a cultural capital and a world-leading center for materials research. During the one-week school, 12 renowned researchers will lecture and tutor the small group of students.

The registration is open until July 4th. For excellent PhD students and Postdocs, up to 20 all-inclusive grants (travel support, accommodation, participation) will be available.

For further information and the tentative list of speakers please refer to the Summer School homepage:

and the Summer School flyer and poster: “

Prof. Devel.: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union (US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017

Call for Applications: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union
January 8-12, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites applications for the international seminar “A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.” This seminar will be held January 8-12, 2018, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

This seminar will acquaint undergraduate, MA, and early PhD students with the central topics, issues, and sources related to the study of Jewish life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, including prewar life, evacuation, mass shootings, rescue, forced labor, and issues of commemoration and memory, with a prominent geographical focus on Ukraine. Mandel Center scholars will lead discussions, and the seminar will include group analysis of many of the types of primary source material available in the Museum’s collections. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s extensive library, archival, and other collections.

The Museum welcomes international applications from undergraduates, MA, or early PhD students who are enrolled in relevant academic disciplines at colleges and universities. Applications must include: (1) a confidential recommendation letter from a faculty member that addresses the applicant’s potential and relevant interests, background, training, and qualifications (including previous coursework, projects, publications, or language study); (2) the online application form; (3) a letter of interest from the applicant discussing his/her interest in Jewish life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union; and (4) a current curriculum vitae that lists relevant coursework, research papers, and academic presentations. Recommendation letters may be in English, Russian, or Ukrainian; all other application materials must be in English.

The online application form is available at The remaining application materials may be sent to Dr. Elana Jakel, Program Manager of the Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, at or Fax 202.479.9726. To preserve the confidentiality of recommendation letters, faculty recommenders must e-mail or fax their signed letters (on institutional letterhead) directly to Dr. Jakel; recommendation letters cannot be submitted by applicants. All application materials must be received by Friday, September 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by September 29, 2017.

Participants are required to attend the full duration of the seminar. Awards will include the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; shared lodging for the seminar’s duration; and select meals.

This program is possible thanks to the generosity of the Piotr and Basheva Polsky Memorial Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry.

Funding Opportunity: Junior Fellows (Harvard University)

Deadline for Applications: August 11, 2017

Title: Society of Fellows – Nominations for Junior Fellows
Sponsor: Harvard University
Amount: $77,000

Description: The purpose of the Society is to give men and women at an early stage of their scholarly careers an opportunity to pursue their studies in any department of the University, free from formal requirements. They must be persons of exceptional ability, originality, and resourcefulness, and should be of the highest calibre of intellectual achievement, comparable to successful candidates for junior faculty positions at leading universities. These Junior Fellows are selected by the Senior Fellows, who with the President of the University and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, ex officio, administer the Society. Those elected receive three year fellowships. Candidates are nominated for Junior Fellowships, generally by those under whom they have studied. Applications are not accepted from the candidates themselves.

How to Apply: Submit nominations directly to the sponsor by August 11. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

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Prof. Devel: Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (Stanford U.)

Deadline for Applications: June 18, 2017

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is now accepting applications for its 2017-18 program and would like to extend an invitation to your students to apply.
SURF is a platform for Russian and American university students to work together on some of the most important issues our nations face today. Participants travel to Russia for a five-day conference in the fall, conduct collaborative research with their working group peers over the academic year, and ultimately present their work at a capstone conference at Stanford University in the spring. The working group format fosters consensus-building and leverages a cooperation-based approach to produce innovative solutions. Research themes include topics in international relations, the sciences, business and entrepreneurship, regional and humanitarian issues, and others.
SURF welcomes applications from graduate, professional, and undergraduate students in all academic disciplines and majors, regardless of prior exposure to Russia or the United States. Our program covers most expenses, including housing and local transportation. Participants are responsible for covering flight and visa costs. There is no registration or participation fee for our program.
The application deadline is June 18th, 2017 at 23:59 PDT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply early.
The application and additional information can be found on our website at

Prof. Devel.: Fall 2017 Data Fellowships (Insight)

Deadline for Applications: May 22, 2017 & June 26, 2017

The Insight Data Fellows Programs are tuition-free professional Fellowships for students and postdocs looking to transition to careers in data science, health data science, data engineering, or artificial intelligence.

800+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Tesla, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Microsoft, and 200+ other top companies.

Insight Fellowship:

  • 7 week, full-time, post-graduate training Fellowship leading to full-time industry employment
  • Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers, and AI experts
  • Join an active community of Insight alumni
  • Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process
  • Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Next Insight Fellowships:

Starting July 17th (deadline May 22nd):
Artificial Intelligence in New York
Data Science in Seattle

Starting September 5th (deadline June 26th):
Artificial Intelligence in Silicon Valley
Data Engineering in New York and Silicon Valley
Data Science in Boston, New York, Silicon Valley and remote
Health Data Science in Boston and Silicon Valley Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: SEELRC Summer Institute (Duke U.)

Program Dates: July 12-14, 2017 & July 14-16, 2017


is pleased to announce its Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing

Session 1 (July 12-14)—Acquisition, Techniques, and Technologies

Session 2 (July 14-16)—Russian Proficiency Testing

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from July 12-16 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages.

The summer institute will be held in two sessions offered back-to-back. Participants may attend one or both sessions. Both sessions will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Session 1 (July 12-14): The first session will include presentations by speakers from Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and other leading institutions on topics including:

•       Teaching language and culture through film
•       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 Slavic and East European language teachers

Session 2 (July 14-16): The second session will consist of a workshop on Russian language proficiency testing conducted by a leading Russian language proficiency test developer who is a TRKI [тестирование русского как иностранного] examiner. TRKI is the Russian Federation language proficiency testing system for five areas of linguistic competence (aural comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/lexicon) developed and administered by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and is the Russian component of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe. Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: Graduate Student Essay Prize (ASEEES)

Deadline for Submissions: June 01, 2017

ASEEES seeks nominations from Regional Affiliates and Institutional Members for its annual Graduate Student Essay Prize.

  • Essay authors must be a graduate students and must have written the essay in English while in a graduate program
  • Essays can be any of several formats:

-Expanded versions of conference papers
-Graduate level seminar papers
-Master’s Thesis Chapters
-Dissertation Chapters

Please email:

  • A note indicating the format of the essay submitted
  • An abstract
  • Essays, between 7,500- 14,000 words inclusive of footnotes/endnotes and bibliography. Submissions must be double-spaced.

to Mary Arnstein, Communications Coordinator, at and to all members of the prize committee (see below) by June 1.


-Elena Prokhorova,
-Eric Gordy,
-Victoria Smolkin,

More information about the prize and the submission process can be found here.

Prof. Devel.: Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards (Institute of International Education)

Deadline for Applications: August 01, 2017

Title: Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards
Sponsor: Institute of International Education
Amount: Unspecified

Description: The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from 3 to 12 months. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by August 1. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

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Job: Health Extension Volunteer-Albania (Peace Corps)

Deadline for Applications: July 01, 2017

Before You Apply

You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application, so choose a position that best fits your skills and interest. You have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like to be considered for other openings and more about the ones that interest you most!

Project Description

Health Education (HE) Volunteers are assigned to a community in which they co-teach Health Education at a middle school or combined elementary and high school, and/or work within a regional community visiting several schools co-teaching lessons with “Life Skills” teachers.

A significant component of Peace Corps Albania’s Health Education project is to co-teach students as well as to help train teachers on Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health. Some Volunteers may also liaison with a health education unit or at a community health center to provide staff trainings, which have a long history of being under-resourced. Volunteer placement is typically in smaller towns and rural areas, and no Health Volunteers are placed in the capital city of Tirana.

In addition to classroom teaching and facilitating other health education trainings, Volunteers may also liaison with local health directorates on community-wide health promotion and education campaigns.

In the summer months, HE Volunteers will be leading summer camps and other youth development efforts/activities by working through the schools, or with NGOs that focus their efforts on youth/children, or by taking part in youth-centered projects such as Model UN, Outdoor Ambassadors (an environmental-themed afterschool program begun by Volunteers), Girls Leading our World (GLOW) camps, etc. Volunteers may develop or participate in summer youth camps, promote “life skills” education, tutor students in other school subjects including English; and assist with efforts on the development of school student governments or linkage with projects that promote career development and foster youth employability.

Volunteers, especially those with prior health education-related technical training, may work closely with health education professionals at health centers or NGOs, or with other health professionals, in addition to being at schools and kindergartens to increase their capacities regarding new techniques and methods of teaching preventive health education. Volunteers will also link with NGOs and other community-based organizations to provide basic health education, instruct proper sexual and reproductive health practices, and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and other emerging health issues.

Some of the HE Volunteers’ work takes place outside the school as well, and Volunteers will likely have more than one main colleague, depending on the projects or activities you are involved in. Health Education Volunteers work with multiple schoolteachers responsible for health education classes, and sometimes with representatives of NGOs (if they are located in the community), as well as with representatives from the District Health Promotion Unit. If you are placed in a school within a community that also has a rural health center, you may also focus on linking directly with the doctors and nurses staffing those facilities and the smaller health posts in the surrounding villages, as well as schools and kindergartens linking them with resources and assistance to improve their skills and implementation of health education efforts. Finding colleagues to work with on diverse projects will not be automatic but will demand a concerted effort on the Volunteer’s part to seek out active community members. For this reason, successful community integration and language acquisition is crucial.

Required Skills

Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following criteria:
• Master of Public Health degree or Master of Arts/Master of Science degree in Public Health
• Certified Physician’s Assistant or Public Health Nurse with expressed interest in public/community health
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Health, or Nursing

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Job: Community Development Volunteer-Albania (Peace Corps)

Deadline for Applications: July 01, 2017

Before You Apply

You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application, so choose a position that best fits your skills and interest. You have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like to be considered for other openings and more about the ones that interest you most!

Project Description

As a Community and Organizational Development (COD) Volunteer, you may be placed with either a local government unit (Municipality Regional Council) or one of a variety of different community-based organizations. Depending on your background, you may be placed with a department within Municipal Unit (Social Services, Planning, or Development Department), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or other institution. Project activities are focused in several key areas: municipal development, business development, tourism/cultural development and preservation, youth development (including youth employability and job skills) and/or capacity-building in the areas of information and communications management and technology. Post may find a limited number of sites that can utilize Volunteers with education or experience in GIS/Mapping or Information/Communication Technology Development, but this may not likely be the primary focus of one’s site assignment

COD Volunteers often target youth and work to increase their capacities in starting up businesses, developing their entrepreneurial skills, and provide employability trainings to teach skills such as resume writing, cover letter writing, and job interviewing skills. Volunteers and a local counterpart are often the main liaison with their community’s Youth Council, working to develop internship programs, civic awareness campaigns and other community projects.

Depending on the specific placement, your role may be to work in partnership with the key actors in the community, to build the capacity of local institutions, or to increase the involvement of citizens and youth in local decision-making. You may facilitate collaborative activities between local non-governmental organizations, businesses, and citizen groups. You may provide assistance to all sectors of the community in strategic planning or in project design and management. You may also support the development of non-governmental organizations and youth groups, depending on locally- identified needs.

Other potential activities include:
• Coordinating with other Peace Corps Volunteers in the sphere of youth development and employability and implementing grassroots community development projects.
• Providing direction and training within specific areas of expertise; i.e. marketing, administrative, financial, IT or business English.
• Becoming aware of and competent in the use of all available resources for community development; i.e. small project grants, etc.
• Providing support in editing materials that are prepared by your organization in English, basic training in the use of computer hardware and software, and at the same time helping your colleagues improve their business – English skills.
• Improving marketing PR strategies of organizations and businesses.
• Conducting needs assessment surveys to determine development opportunities within the community and organization.
• Building the capacities of your counterparts in management, organizational development, customer service and financial management.
• Promoting networking and partnership-building in communities among business development organizations, local governments, NGOs and citizens groups; and between these groups and outside resources.
• Providing assistance to all sectors of the community in strategic planning or in project design and management.

Despite the challenges, there are many opportunities for change and growth, and increasing attention is being paid to the development of local capacity of local organizations. You will find support for your activities from both the host agencies that have requested you, and from organizations working to promote civil society and institutional development in the country.

Required Skills

Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any business discipline
• 5 years professional experience in business management

For more information, and to apply, click here.