Tag Archives: July 2017

Funding Opportunity: Cultural Anthropology Research Funding (NSF)

Deadline for Applications: July 25, 2017

Title: Cultural Anthropology (PD 98-1390)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount: Varies

Description: The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field’s contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. Because the National Science Foundation’s mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by July 25.

More Info: http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5388&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

Funding Opportunity: Political Science Research Grants (NSF)

Deadline for Applications: July 25, 2017

Title: Political Science (PD 98-1371)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount: Unspecified

Description: The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by July 25.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5418

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.

Job: Secondary Education English Teacher-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

English Education Volunteers co-teach conversational English or content-based English in middle and high schools with an Albanian Counterpart. In addition to classroom teaching, Volunteers share resources, develop teaching materials with local teachers and become involved in community- and school-based projects.

Volunteers are assigned to a small community in which you will be co-teaching English Education at a high school or combined elementary and middle school. You will co-teach English as a foreign language to Albanian students as part of a regular general middle or high school program, but will have many related duties in helping both students and teachers practice using English to communicate. During their first school year, most TEFL Volunteers peer teach alongside an Albanian English teacher, supporting and enhancing the existing English language program with the Volunteer’s skills in spoken and conversational English. They may also assist teachers with the development of teaching materials and integrating innovative teaching techniques into their current practice. Volunteers may teach upwards to 15 – 18 hours per week. After peer teaching during your first year, some of these Volunteers may start to teach more on their own.

English Education Volunteers may also spend part of their time working with teachers from neighboring village schools to help them improve their English and increase their classroom repertoire and may conduct some teacher training workshops through collaboration with partner organizations and regional or local level education offices. Volunteers are also asked to use their English teaching to help improve the critical thinking and problem solving skills of their students, often through after-school activities or English clubs.

Whatever your English teaching assignment, you will help students, teachers, and other members of your community learn to use the English language through such activities as supporting summer camps, assisting with Model UN projects, Girl Scouts or GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), drama activities, contributing to school newspapers, creating English language materials or videos, and participating in community sports, arts or clubs. In addition, you will work with the school’s leaders to assess and determine ways to improve the schools systems and resources, such as library development, student government, and other school-based activities.

Albania has development needs in all areas and English Education Volunteers have ample opportunities to conduct other community development projects once they are grounded in their community. There are pressing needs for improving the overall quality of life in rural areas, strengthening the educational system, identifying income-generating opportunities, and managing the natural resources. Volunteers will have opportunities at local or regional level to participate in 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. You may develop or participate in summer youth camps, promote “life skills” education, tutor students in other school subjects; and assist with efforts on the development of school student governments or linkage with projects that promote career development and foster youth employability.

Required Skills

• Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline and a strong desire to teach English
Desired Skills
• Experience teaching, co-teaching, or tutoring English language, foreign language, or literacy tutoring with primary, middle, or high school students or adults
• Experience working in extra-curricular activities with primary, middle, or high school students or young adults (such as sports, leadership, or academic programs)

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Funding Opportunity: Media Project Production Grants (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: July 19, 2017

Title: Media Projects: Production Grants
Sponsor: National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: Varies

Description: Media Projects: Production Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience. 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by July 19.

More Info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants

Funding Opportunity: Media Project Development Grants (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: July 19, 2017

Title: Media Projects: Development Grants
Sponsor: National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: Varies

Description: The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or treatment and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement. 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by July 19.

More Info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants

Funding Opportunity: Public Humanities Projects (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: July 19, 2017

Title: Public Humanities Projects (CFDA Number: 45.164)
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: Varies 

Description: Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.  NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. his grant program supports a variety of forms of audience engagement. Applications should follow the parameters set out below for one of the following three formats: 1) Community Conversations; 2) Exhibitions; and 3) Historic Places.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Vanessa Lopez (volopez@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by July 19. 

More Info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/public-humanities-projects

Funding Opportunity: Kluge Center Fellowships for Residential Research in Humanities and Social Sciences (Library of Congress)

Deadline for Applications: July 15, 2017

Title: Kluge Center Fellowships for Residential Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
Sponsor: Library of Congress
Amount: $4,200/mo.

Description: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. The Kluge Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Kluge Chair holders, for distinguished visiting scholars, and for postdoctoral Fellows supported by other private foundation gifts. Residents have easy access to the Library’s specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library’s large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world’s largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints, and photographs are also available.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by July 15. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/kluge.php

Funding Opportunity: Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Scholar in Residence Fellowship (City U. of NY)

Deadline for Applications: July 01, 2017

Title: Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) — Scholar in Residence Fellowship
Sponsor: City University of New York
Amount: Unspecified

Description: The CLAGS Residency Fellowship Program assists scholars and professionals whose research on the LGBTQ experience can benefit from access to CLAGS’s resources and its location in midtown Manhattan at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The CLAGS Scholar-in-Residence will be allowed to spend up to six months in residence. Beyond a CLAGS affiliation, fellows will receive office space, access to libraries and electronic databases, as well as opportunities to meet and work with leading LGBTQ scholars in New York City. No monetary stipend is available to fellows. The Fellowship Program is open to all disciplines with projects that are related to LGBTQ studies. Creative writing (works of poetry and fiction) and projects that result in a performance are not eligible. Applicants finishing dissertation topics are welcome to apply.

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

More Info: http://clags.org/fellowships-awards/#scholar-in-residence-fellowship