Prof. Dev: Wayne Vucinich Fellowship (Stanford)

Deadline for Applications: November 1, 2018

Call for Applications: Wayne Vucinich Fellowship 

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at Stanford University invites applications for the Wayne Vucinich Fellowship.

 This is a 12-week residential fellowship to be offered in the period between January 15-June 15, 2019 (actual dates of residence will be determined in consultation with the selected fellow). The fellowship is open to scholars in any discipline whose research focuses on historical or contemporary topics in Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia.  Scholars who have received the PhD within the past five years are eligible to apply. (A PhD in hand is required at the time the residency begins.) Preference will be given to scholars who are residents of countries that fall under the direct purview of the Center: Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

During the fellowship period, the Vucinich Fellow is expected to pursue independent research in residence and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the Center. The fellow will hold a lecture, seminar, or workshop on their research. The fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the use of a shared work space at the Center.

 The fellowship award funds international travel, health insurance, and a visa, in addition to a $12,000 stipend for living expenses.

A complete application consists of an online application form, a letter of application (including a research project description), a Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a short proposal for a public lecture and/or workshop. Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2018.

 For more information and to access the application, please see: https://creees.stanford.edu/people/visiting-scholars/wayne-vucinich-fellowship

Study Abroad: Russian Language Programs (American Home)

Deadline for Applications: Varies by Program – January 20, 2019; March 1, 2019

American Home is offering multiple programs for travel and study abroad in Russia with applications open now.

1) Vanderbilt University’s Maymester in Russia – Application Deadline January 20, 2019 (https://as.vanderbilt.edu/german/undergraduate/russian/Maymester-2018.pdf)

The program includes community service, lectures on topics being explored by student-participants (politics, economics, sociology, culture, history, art, etc.), Russian language lessons, interaction with Russian university students, excursions to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and provincial towns, home stays, and opportunities for reflection.

2) Intensive Russian Program – Applications Accepted All Year (www.serendipity-russia.com/studyrussian.html)

Approximate program fee: one-to-one instruction group instruction (2-5+ people, 15-35% discount)

Four weeks $3,651 $2,994 – 2,254

Six weeks $5,009 $4,133 – 3,044

Eight weeks $6,367 $5,272 – 3,834

Longer and shorter programs, from one week to a year, are also possible.

The benefits of the American Home’s long-standing Intensive Russian Program – the main program offers one-to-one instruction to each participant – are provided to group participants:

+ experienced faculty specializing in teaching Russian to non-native speakers;

+ program and schedule customized to the needs of each group of students;

+ study from one week to one year;

+ individual home-stay with a Russian family;

+ “Russian friend-conversation partner” program;

+ on-site administrative support;

+ well-equipped classrooms in a comfortable, home-like, atmosphere;

+ excursions in Vladimir and to Suzdal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bogoliubovo;

+ opportunities to meet and socialize with some of the more than 400 Russians participating in the American Home English Program and others;

+ opportunities to participate in a variety of activities—for example, volunteering at an orphanage

3) American English Program Teaching Positions – Application Deadline March 1, 2019 (www.serendipity-russia.com/teach.html)

Program benefits: small stipend, room and board with a Russian family, three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons, teacher training and lesson planning assistance, a pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment.

Teacher obligations: Plan and teach four (possibly 5) 1½ hour classes that meet twice a week, hold office hours, present a brief “Saturday lecture” on any aspect of American culture, airfare to Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.

Conference: Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship (U. of Illinois)

Date: November 9-10, 2018

Annual EU Studies Conference:
“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”

November 9-10, 2018

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Levis Faculty Center | 919 W Illinois St | Urbana, IL 61801 | [map]
Conference web page | Online registration


Registration deadline: 
Friday, October 12, 2018

Special pre-conference events:

NOVEMBER 9, 2018
17th Annual EU Day 

10:30 am: Annual EU Day Keynote Address: “State of the European Union”
to be delivered by the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, his Excellency David O’Sullivan
preceded by a welcome reception (10:00 am) and followed by luncheon (12:00 pm)

3:00-4:30 pm: Roundtable: “Elections and US-EU Relations: A Comparative Look at the Elections to the US Congress and the European Parliament and Implications for Transatlantic Relations”

followed by reception (4:30 pm)

Featuring:
former Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Mr. Bob Van den Bos as one of the speakers

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Study Abroad: Alt Spring Break (American Home)

Deadline for Applications: November 15, 2018

Building on six years of successful experiences, the American Home in Vladimir, Russia, will again sponsor two Alternative Spring Break Programs in March 2019 (www.serendipity-russia.com/edex.html).

any expectations I could possibly have had were surpassed. …I participated in a culture without being a tourist…and spent [time] outside of my carefully constructed comfort zone. The experience was nothing short of changing my worldview.” (Vanderbilt University student)

The program includes community service, homestays, excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, interaction with Russian university students who are studying English, and Russian language lessons.

 Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

Links to pictures, participant blogs, and television news reports are below. They may give a sense of some of the things that students can do, see, and experience while participating in the Alternative Spring Break program.

VLADIMIR (March 2-10): Help several community organizations, including the Youth Health and Education Center, Karl Liebnicht Orphanage, Russian Orthodox Church, Handicapped Children’s Association “Light”, Vladimir Regional Veterans’ Home and others, while interacting with Russian university students and experiencing the delight and wonder of provincial Russia.

MUROM (March 9-17): Help university students at the Murom Institute (an affiliate of Vladimir State University) to improve their English language skills; prepare audio and video materials for their English language program. During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city. Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes. Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.

Blog:

http://theamericanhome.blogspot.com/2012/05/our-first-alternative-spring-break.html

Pictures:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151290800166290.1073741825.184076861289&type=1

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150585601736290.373606.184076861289&type=1

Russian Television Reports:

http://vladtv.ru/society/78658/

http://variant33.ru/ekspressnovosti1/22590_prikosnulis_k_nacional_nym_tradiciyam/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHSmJKk5QIQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQu_46YZPnw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4Yx0VcoQ7w

Grad Program: M.A. in St. Petersburg (Euro Uni.)

Deadline for Applications: October 30, 2018

European University in St. Petersburg is currently offering two MA programs in English. Many courses on various subjects are offered, in addition to Russian language courses.

–          IMARES (Russian and Eurasian Studies) focuses on Russian and Eurasian History, Politics, Culture and Arts. A full list of IMARES courses with their brief descriptions can be found here.

–          ENERPO (Energy Politics in Eurasia) is the other MA program. It provides a deep understanding of the Eurasian and global oil and gas affairs, markets and trends. A full list of ENERPO courses is available here.

Eligibility: BA degree. No prior knowledge of Russian is needed.

Study Abroad: Summer Fellowship on Holocaust (Auschwitz Jewish Center)

Deadline for Applications: January 14, 2019

The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is now accepting applications for its Summer Fellowship. Since 2000, the AJC Fellows Program has provided a unique educational opportunity for graduate students and seniors to learn about the Holocaust in situ in the context of Poland’s history and Jewish heritage. Through travel in Poland for three weeks, during which time Fellows visit Krakow, Warsaw, Lódź, Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Fellows gain not only knowledge of the Holocaust sites they visit, but also an understanding of the legacy of the Holocaust in Poland, its effects on collective memory, and complexities surrounding such categories as victim, bystander, and perpetrator. All program costs, except travel to the program’s start in New York, are covered.
Faculty participation is available through the Faculty Fellows Program 
The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program will run from June 23 – July 15, 2019. The application is due on January 14, 2019. 
Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
If you have any questions, contact AJC@mjhnyc.org

Grad. Program: Summer Program in Public Policy (Archer Center)

Deadline for Applications: November 5, 2018

Live, Learn, and Intern in Washington, D.C, earning UT Austin credit! The Archer Center’s summer Graduate Program in Public Policy allows graduate students from all disciplines interested in policy and public service the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C., while learning about the federal policymaking process as it pertains to their own academic and career goals. Open to students pursuing graduate or medical degrees across The University of Texas System, the program offers unparalleled opportunities to work, learn and network in the nation’s capital. Please visit the Archer Center website at www.archercenter.org or contact archeradmissions@utsystem.edu to learn more.

The Summer 2019 Graduate Program in Public Policy online application deadline is Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.

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Funding: Scholarships for Language Immersion (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: October 15, 2018

There are many scholarships and fellowships available to help students pursue intensive language study in RussiaEurasia, the Balkans, and Indonesia with American Councils next semester:

  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Fellowships: Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays fellowships are available to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and US K-12 teachers pursuing advanced overseas Russian or Persian language study on American Councils’ Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program in Moscow or Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe. Granted on the basis of financial need and academic merit, awards are made in the amount of $7,000 for semester programs.
  • Title VIII Fellowships for Overseas Language StudyFunded by the U.S. Department of State, Title VIII fellowships are available to students enrolled in or intending to enroll in graduate study in a field relevant to U.S. policy regarding Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit and may cover as much as 75% of total program costs on any of the following programs:

o   Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)
Offered in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, and Almaty, RLASP combines intensive language instruction with a wide range of extracurricular activities, including internships and community service, regional field study excursions, meetings with conversation partners, and discussion groups with local students.

o   Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)

Providing immersion in 18 Eurasian languages across 9 countries in the region, ERLP offers highly-individualized instruction, homestays, specially designed cultural programs, and expert logistical support to participants studying the languages of Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova.

o   Balkan Language Initiative (BLI)

Combining personalized academic programming in Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Serbian with structured overseas immersion, BLI enables participants to make rapid gains in language proficiency and cultural knowledge while living and studying in Southeast Europe.

  • Dan E. Davidson FellowshipsEstablished in honor of American Councils’ founder and President Emeritus, the Dan E. Davidson Fellowships support highly qualified and deserving individuals who demonstrate a dedication to successful international collaboration and the development of greater mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries around the world. Fellowships of up to $6,000 for Spring 2019 semester study will be awarded for use on American Councils intensive language programs including the Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program, Eurasian Regional Language Program, Balkan Language Initiative, and Indonesian Overseas Program.

  • Need-Based and Diversity Scholarships: Committed to improving access to international education for groups traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, American Councils offers scholarships of $500 to $2,500 to support applicants from diverse academic, cultural, and academic backgrounds. These scholarships are available to participants on all AC Study Abroad programs.

More information about each of the funding opportunities above is available on the American Councils financial aid webpage.

The deadline to apply to all Spring 2019 American Councils programs and financial aid on the AC Study Abroad website is October 15, 2018. Please direct any questions regarding financial aid or the application process to the AC Study Abroad team at outbound@americancouncils.org.