Tag Archives: August 2016

CFP: Graduate Association for Comparative Literature Students

Deadline: August 26, 2016

The program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas is proud to announce that the 13th annual Graduate Association for Comparative Literature Students (GRACLS) Conference will take place on September 24th and 25th, 2016

This year’s conference theme will be “The Extra-Human.” We seek to explore what it is that allows us to reject human exceptionalism and re-orient ourselves toward what is beyond the human, what is a human, inhuman, and post-human. This conference calls for a myriad of approaches that explore what delimits “the human” from “the animal” and “the monstrous.” Most notably, we seek submissions from all walks of academia, including the arts, literatures, anthropology, the performing arts, history, and comparative areas of study.

We invite all interested parties to review the Call for Papers and to submit their proposals by August 26th, 2016 via email at graclsconference2016@gmail.com

Funding Opportunity: Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Awards (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: August 29, 2016

Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Awards

Congratulations on your journey as a citizen and scholar at The University of Texas at Austin. The IE Consortium is extending the reach and impact of its efforts through the Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Awards.  Supported by the generosity of the Kuhn Family, these awards are designed to encourage first generation and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students to pursue their academic passions and to seriously consider graduate study (see the Kuhn IE Awards Application for details).

The Kuhn Family Intellectual Entrepreneurship awards will be in the form of $1,000 stipends offered to a select number of qualified undergraduate interns with a matching award for their grad mentor. The award is intended to support and encourage students to pursue opportunities that further enrich the Pre-Graduate School Internship experience. (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.)  All award recipients will also be required to participate in the Pre-Graduate School Internship in the semester they receive the award.

Through the support of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, each Intern’s graduate mentor will be awarded a matching $1,000 stipend.  Graduate mentors do not have to meet the requirements for undergraduate interns.  They simply have to agree to be a graduate mentor in the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship and sign the Kuhn IE Awards Application. The number of awards made will depend on available resources.

Applications will be due by no later than the 4th class day of the semester in which the student is actually doing the Pre Graduate Internship. As the application process is highly competitive, all interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well before the deadline.   

1. Download the Kuhn IE Awards Application

2. Read About the Pre-Grad Internship

3. Submit the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship Contract

Note: International Students who are residing in the United States on F or J visas are not eligible for this award.

Read Kuhn IE Awards Press Release

Grad Programs: Assistant Position & Doctoral Research (Ghent University)

Deadline for Applications: August 24, 2016

About Ghent University

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 7,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.

What we are looking for

  • You hold a Master’s degree in Slavic and East-European studies or an equivalent degree. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment;
  • You are interested in completing doctoral research and writing a doctoral thesis in the field of Premodern Slavic Language and Culture
  • Apart from Old Slavonic you know at least two of the following Slavic languages: Russian, Bulgarian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian

 Your tasks

  • At least 50% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation in the field indicated above;
  • You will assist in the teaching activities at the programme of East European Languages and Cultures;
  • You will assist in the internal and external services of the department and the Institute for East European Languages and Cultures;

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Funding Opportunity: Documenting Endangered Languages (NSF)

Deadline for Applications: August 31, 2016

Title: Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) NSF 16-576
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount: Varies

Description: This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants as well as fellowships from six to twelve months.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist of Vanessa Lopez (volopez@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services by August 31.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12816

Funding Opportunity: Humanities Research Award (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: August 26, 2016

Title: Humanities Research Award
Sponsor: University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
Amount: $5,000/yr., 3 years

Description: Humanities Research Awards provide funding for tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 100% appointments in the College of Liberal Arts, whose work falls within the disciplines of the humanities.  The awards support faculty in their effort to bring a research project already in progress to completion, and the expectation is that the recipient will produce one or more publications and make his or her work known to the academic community through conferences and other venues. The award is $5,000 for three consecutive years, for a total of $15,000, to be disbursed by the faculty member’s home department against documented research expenses. Up to ten awards will be granted in fall 2016. 

How to Apply: Apply directly to the College of Liberal Arts (whittington@austin.utexas.edu) by August 26. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://liberalarts.utexas.edu/research/HRA/hra-guidelines.php

Job: Head of Security Cooperation, OSCE (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Deadline for Applications: August 10, 2016

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Head of Security Cooperation
Level: Middle Management
Area of Expertise: Military Affairs
Vacancy Number: VNBAHS00774
Duty Station: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at:https://www.pae.com/careers-react by August 10. Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

– Advanced university degree in security studies, or a related discipline. Expertise or formal training in counter-terrorism is an asset.

– A minimum of 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position. Extensive experience in the field of security policy and politico-military affairs with appointments in relevant national and international agencies.

– Senior serving or retired police, military or security agency officer or suitably qualified civilian;

– Strong understanding of both the security sector situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), particularly its institutions and bodies, and the overall political situation;

– Comprehensive understanding of policy matters both within European and Euro-Atlantic security and defence structures;

– Demonstrated understanding and experience of the comprehensive approach to security and the concept of inclusive security;

– Experience in programme planning and management; managerial experience;

– Knowledge of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in BiH and key OSCE politico-military documents;

– Considerable experience in memorandum and report writing;

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Job: 2016 Diplomacy Fellows Program (Dept. of State-Washington Dc)

Deadline for Applications: August 31, 2016

Job Overview


Salary Range: $58,032.00 to $93,446.00 / Per Year

About the Agency

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement, including the information on the links provided, to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

The State Department is responsible for formulating, implementing, and coordinating U.S. foreign policy, assisting U.S. citizens overseas, and managing the resources that support U.S. foreign policy.

In order to qualify for the 2016 Diplomacy Fellows Program, you must have participated in one of the following nine fellowship programs and successfully completed all program requirements during the period January 1, 2011 to July 31, 2016 and hold a master’s degree. If you do not hold a master’s degree, have not participated in one of the nine programs below, and have not completed the fellowship program requirements during the specified time period then you are not eligible to apply to the 2016 Diplomacy Fellows Program. Continue reading

Job: Graduate Assistant for Foundation Year Program (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: August 8, 2016

KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) Foundation Year
Position Posting: Graduate Assistant for Foundation Year Program

International Student & Scholar Services is looking for a GA to assist with the coordination of the KAUST Foundation Year Program. This program supports a talented group of pre-matriculated undergraduate Saudi Arabian students who are preparing to enter U.S. universities in the STEM field. We are looking for a graduate student to provide support to the Foundation Year Coordinator and to provide academic and personal support for the students during their Foundation Year program.

Hours: 20 hours per week. The hourly rate is $13 with an opportunity to increase to $14.
Starting: August 15, 2016
Additional: This position is benefits-eligible.
Deadline to Apply: August 8, 2016
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Graduate Program: PhD Studentship in Langue Standardization and Variation (University of Nottingham)

Deadline for Applications: August 22, 2016

PhD studentship in language standardization and variation (with a focus on one or more European and/or Asian languages) University Of Nottingham, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (Modern Languages)

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) at the University of Nottingham (UoN). Applicants should have a research project focused on the status of one or more standard languages in Europe and/or Asia (past and/or present). Project proposals with a comparative and/or historical dimension are particularly welcome, but this is not essential. Please note projects should not be focussed solely or principally on English.

The studentship includes Home/EU fees, a stipend of £14,296 per year, and an additional budget to attend conferences and conduct research.

The studentship is part of a collaborative project, ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)’, funded by the AHRC under the Open World Research Initiative to promote modern languages in the UK. The project comprises a team of 14 Co-Investigators, 14 Post-doctoral researchers and 6 PhD students who will be based at Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Queen’s Belfast. There will also be a postdoc at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at the University of Peking.  Continue reading

CFP: 5th Int. Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (U. of Hawai’i-Mānoa)

Deadline for Proposals: August 31, 2016


General papers, posters, and electronic posters



The 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), “Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing,” will be held March 2-5, 2017, at the Hawaiʻi Imin International Conference Center on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The 5th ICLDC is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The conference program will feature two keynote talks, Talk Story roundtable discussions, and Workshops (pending final approval of funding). An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately precede the conference (February 28-March 1).

The theme of the 5th ICLDC is “Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing.” Wellbeing is a state of the body and mind that encompasses the presence of positive moods and emotions, life satisfaction, fulfillment and positive functioning, and the absence of negative emotions like anxiety. Increasingly, researchers in several fields have noted a positive correlation between language maintenance and wellbeing in endangered language communities. While the nature of the connection between language and wellbeing remains the subject of much debate, the existence of a connection is not entirely unexpected, given the range of outcomes associated with wellbeing.

In addition, languages encode knowledge systems, so language loss represents not only the loss of a communicative system, but also the loss of traditional knowledge systems. Importantly, traditional knowledge systems encode cultural practices related to well-being. Understanding the connections between language and wellbeing will potentially have implications for public health and policy and beyond, but also for language researchers, since traditional knowledge systems are among the most threatened domains of endangered language. Knowledge of esoteric domains such as botanical classification and traditional medicines is forgotten well before basic vocabulary and language structure. Hence, these areas of traditional knowledge are precisely the areas which need to be prioritized by language documenters.

Exploring the connections between language and wellbeing is potentially transformational for language documentation and conservation, and thus it will be the theme for the 5th ICLDC. We aim to build on the strong momentum created by the 1st–4th ICLDCs to discuss research and revitalization approaches yielding rich records that can benefit both the field of language documentation and speech communities. We hope you will join us.

For more information and links to past conferences, visit our conference website:  http://icldc-hawaii.org/
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