- CfA: Methods Training Workshop for Pre-dissertation Students focusing on Russia in the Social Sciences
Friday, September 14—Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Indiana University-Bloomington
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Graduate Methods Training Workshop: Focus on Russia
With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University will host a two-day methods training workshop for U.S.-based pre-dissertation PhD students in the social sciences with a focus on Russia. The workshop is September 14-15, 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana.
Carrying out research in Russia, be it quantitative or qualitative, has particular challenges—navigating the complex archival and library systems, conducting personal interviews, collecting survey data, and keeping data secure—that can make it difficult for graduate students to make efficient and effective use of their time while in country. The “Graduate Methods Training Workshop: Focus on Russia” at IU this September 14-15, 2018 will enable pre-dissertation PhD students (students who have not yet conducted their dissertation research) in the social sciences to engage in training and dialogue with experts from IU and elsewhere with a focus on particular challenges of research in Russia. We define social sciences broadly, and include anthropology, communications/media studies, economics, geography, history, law, political science, religious studies, sociology, STS, and others.
The two-day workshop will include opportunities to present your own proposed research in a Lightning Round session; conduct one-on-one consultations with faculty experts; and choose from 5-6 workshops, which will cover: Qualitative Methods, including interviews; Survey Methods; Navigating Russia’s Library System and Archives from the U.S. and in Russia; Datasets and Digital Methods; and Media and Discourse Analysis.
The larger goals of the workshop are to build a community of pre-dissertation PhD students in the social sciences studying Russia, to promote networking and professionalization opportunities for emerging Russian Studies scholars with prominent faculty in the social sciences, and to expose emerging scholars to innovative methodological approaches in the social sciences, for studying Russia in particular.
To this end, we seek applications from PhD students in the United States whose work is in the social sciences (including history) and who are at the pre-dissertation research stage. Successful applicants will receive paid domestic (U.S.) travel, lodging, and meals/per diem for the length of the workshop.
Application requirements to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 2-3 page letter of interest, including description of proposed/preliminary dissertation research topic, proposed research methods, and expected utility of the workshop to your project
- Letter of recommendation from PhD/dissertation advisor, sent directly to email@example.com. Please make sure youreceive confirmation of receipt.*
Deadline for applications: June 15, 2018. Decisions will be announced by July 15.
- German Chancellor Fellowships for Prospective Leaders
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow – from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA. The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.
In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship.
- a monthly fellowship of €2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications
- individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
- additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
- a study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions
- extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career
Send an application, if you
- are a university graduate with an international bias from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience
- completed your first degree less than 12 years ago
- would like to spend a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany
- can demonstrate that your project will be of social significance and that you have the potential to build future bridges between Germany and your own country
- work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture
Please consult the Programme Information (PDF) for details of the application requirements and fellowship specifications.
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme. The Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually – up to ten for each country. The closing date for applications is 15 September 2018.
- Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship
The ICWA Fellowship Program
The ultimate aim of the ICWA fellowship program is to cultivate deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures. We achieve that by supporting fellows over two-year periods during which they carry out immersive programs of self-designed, independent study abroad. An ICWA fellowship represents a generous investment in a fellow’s future.
ICWA’s mission is to identify and cultivate rare potential, so we are looking for promise, curiosity and enthusiasm in our candidates. We consider whether a candidate is ready for the rapid personal growth the fellowship makes possible. Candidates with a passion for their project country and who are sufficiently prepared to take advantage of the opportunity we offer have the best chance of being awarded an ICWA fellowship. Extensive professional experience in the proposed area is not always necessary; fellowships are aimed at developing advanced knowledge and professional skills, not necessarily awarding research or reporting opportunities to those who already possess them.
Strong candidates generally propose compelling fellowship topics. Given our interest in achieving wide geographic distribution over time, we generally are less inclined to select projects in countries where we currently or very recently have had fellows. We are naturally drawn to areas of the world and topics that are less well understood and are relevant to the United States. Candidates are encouraged to browse ICWA’s archives to see the kind of projects that the institute has supported.
Although the institute does not restrict topics or regions for consideration, 2018 applicants are especially encouraged to submit proposals for examining the following.
Topics highlighted in 2018:
- The spread of populism
- Threats to peace and security
- Post-conflict societies
- The transformation of rural villages
- The effects of technology and innovation on society
Regions and countries highlighted in 2018:
- Latin America (especially Venezuela, Cuba)
- Middle East (especially Saudi Arabia)
- Eurasia (especially Russia, Ukraine)
We expect candidates to have the necessary language skills to allow to them to carry out their proposed project. Candidates proposing to go to China, Russia, Indonesia, India or Brazil, for example, should have proficiency in Chinese, Russian, Bahasa, Hindi (or another relevant language) or Portuguese. It is too costly and time consuming to start from scratch, so we expect enough language proficiency for candidates to be able to function in the local language within a few months of arriving in the country. Exceptions have been made for unusual languages or situations, but they are rare.
Criteria for Consideration
Candidates must be under 36 years of age at the time of the due date for the initial letter of interest.
U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show strong and credible ties to U.S. society. A proposed fellowship must hold the promise of enriching public life in the United States by enhancing the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and trends. Public service, social activism or contribution to wider understanding in the United States is our ultimate purpose, from a belief that the public can benefit from the knowledge and wisdom our fellows acquire.
While we expect candidates to design projects of topical interest, fellowships are not aimed at covering news events. We do not send fellows into war zones, or places where intense security concerns prevent them from interacting with the local populace.
Fellowships are not scholarships. We do not support degree programs at universities, the writing of books or research projects aimed at answering specific questions in a particular academic discipline.
Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English-language skills and must have completed the current phase of their formal education. We do not accept applications from currently enrolled undergraduate students.
Fellows are required to write monthly newsletters made available through our website to institute members and other interested parties, including family, friends and professional associates of the fellows. While the institute has funded and will continue to fund artists, performers and others who find various ways to participate in the societies they study, the immediate fruits of fellows’ learning are communicated principally through writing. Fellows should be prepared to share their experience with a general, well-educated audience, and not only with specialists in their fields. Fellows work closely with the executive director, who serves as writing coach, editor and mentor.
While many fellows go on to pursue political or social causes at home and abroad, the purpose of a fellowship is to learn about other societies, not to change them. Fellows are not permitted to engage in overtly political activities during their fellowships. The institute does not accept any government funds. Fellows must preserve that independence in letter and in spirit.
Fellows should not expect to return to the United States during the two years of their fellowships. ICWA fellowships are immersive; a vital component of the fellowship experience is remaining, without interruption, in the area of study for the duration of a fellowship.
The institute provides full financial support for its fellows and their immediate, accompanying families. “Full financial support” does not mean that ICWA provides a salary or stipend to its fellows. Rather, the institute provides them with sufficient funding to cover their expenses, enabling them to fulfill the purposes of the fellowship and allowing them and their families (if accompanying the fellowship) to live in good health and reasonable comfort. “Full financial support” also does not mean unlimited financial support; fellows are expected to live and spend modestly.
The generous support received from contributors enables ICWA to periodically appoint a Donors’ Fellow every two years. Topics and areas of study are unrestricted.
Fellows with appropriate topics may receive support from specially endowed funds, including:
John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships offer people with graduate degrees in forestry or forest-related specialities an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the relationship of forest-resource problems to humans, including policy-makers, environmentalists, farmers, scientists and forest-product industrialists.
John O. Crane Memorial Fellowships provide support for study in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
APPLICATIONS AND DEADLINES
Those interested in applying for an Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship should send an initial Letter of Interest and a resume or CV in English to the institute via email. (Post is also accepted.)
In your letter of interest, tell us what you would do if you had a two-year, self-designed fellowship overseas and why you’re the right person to carry it out. There is no fixed length for the letter of interest. Take the space that you need to make a cogent case for yourself. Please indicate your age, as applicants must be under the age of 36 at the time that the letter of interest is due.
Selected fellows are expected to depart for their fellowships within six months of their selection.
This is a competitive process. The strongest applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application.
Applications for December 2018 appointment are due June 15, 2018.
Applications are not considered on a rolling basis.
We are unable to respond to all inquiries, but will certainly answer those that fit our fellowship requirements.
For applications via post:
Institute of Current World Affairs
1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 605
Washington, DC 20036
- Professional Development Grants for Part-Time Faculty Members
The Modern Language Association is offering $1,000 professional development grants for part-time faculty members to help pay for expenses associated with their professional development. The grants may be used for technology purchases, continuing education, research or conference travel, and other expenses related to career development.
To be eligible, applicants must
- be current MLA members,
- earn the majority (fifty percent or more) of their income from teaching part-time at a college or university,
- not be eligible for benefits from any employer, and
- not be in the first five years of their graduate studies.
Grants are awarded twice yearly, in early October and early March. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and winners are selected by lottery.
To apply for a professional development grant, please use the form below. If you have questions, you can contact the MLA’s office of programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, click here and follow the instructions.
- CfA: Black Hills State University, History Tenure Track Assistant Professor (Beginning August 2018)
Black Hills State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in European History with a secondary field in Latin American, African, Middle Eastern, or Asian history, time period and region open (excluding the Anglo-Atlantic world).
*Teaching load is 12 credits per semester.
*Other responsibilities include advising students, scholarly activities, and professional service.
*A Ph.D. in History by August 2018 is required.
*Ability and willingness to develop and teach a broad range of history courses in face-to-face and online formats is essential.
This is a full-time, nine-month position beginning August 2018.
Applications must be made online at http://yourfuture.sdbor.edu. Please attach a letter of application, CV (including the names and contact information for three references), unofficial graduate transcripts, and an article-length writing sample. This position is open until filled with a first review date of May 29th, 2018 at 11PM MDT. For application assistance, contact Human Resources at 605.642.6549. Inquiries directly related to the position may be directed to Dr. Jason Daniels, search chair, at Jason.Daniels@bhsu.edu.
Black Hills State University is an EEO/AA employer. Employment is dependent upon a satisfactory background check.